Business Ethics. Jason Trevor owns a commercial bakery in Blakely, Georgia, that produces a variety of goods sold in grocery stores. Trevor is required by law to preform internal test on food produced at his plant to check for contamination. On three occasions, the test of food products containing peanut butter were positive for salmonella contamination. Trevor was not required to report the results to U.S. Food and Drug administration officials, however, so he did not. Instead Trevor instructed his employee to simply repeat the test until the results were negative. Meanwhile, the products that had originally tested positive for salmonella were eventually shipped out to retailers.
Five people who ate Trevor’s baked goods that year became seriously ill, and one person die from salmonella infection. Even though Trevor’s conduct was legal, was it unethical for him to sell goods that had once tested positive for salmonella? Why or why not? (see business ethics)