The federal indictment was handed down Thursday, nearly four years after a deadly international salmonella outbreak was linked to the company's product.
In the indictment, federal prosecutors allege the company knowingly covered up positive test results that said some peanut products may have been contaminated with the deadly bacteria.
The indictment also accuses the company's executives of mislabeling their products and conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud.
Kendrick says he experienced firsthand some of the allegations contained in the indictment.
For instance, he and the plant manager he worked with in Plainview were instructed to transfer lab test results to PCA letterhead before sending the results to customers.
"We wondered why you would transfer a lab result to some other letterhead," Kendrick said. "Now, in hindsight, looking at the indictment and knowing they were doing that, that explains why that was company policy."
On another occasion, Kendrick said a plant manager in Georgia suggested he microwave a sponge that was supposed to be sent to a lab to be tested for salmonella. Doing so, Kendrick explained, would erase traces of the deadly bacteria.
Prosecutors allege the cover up began as far back as 2003, a time line that shocked Kendrick.
"Just the enormity of how many people may have been hurt or killed as a result and how many years this went on and how blatantly it went on to perpetuate so little profit," Kendrick said.
Company president Stewart Parnell, vice president Michael Parnell, COO Samuel Lightsey and the company's office manager, Mary Wilkerson, are all named in the indictment.
Attorneys for Stewart Parnell issued a statement defending their client Thursday. You can read a copy of that statement here.