Don Petersen, Associated Press
FILE - In this Thursday, March 12, 2009 file photo, Peanut Corporation of America's president Stewart Parnell, arrives at United States Federal Court in Lynchburg, Va. Jury selection is to start Monday, July 28, 2014, in federal court in Albany, Ga., for Parnell and two other people are accused of scheming to manufacture and ship salmonella-tainted peanuts that killed nine people, sickened more than 700 and prompted one of the largest food recalls in history.

ALBANY, Ga. — A federal prosecutor says a Georgia peanut plant linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak fabricated food-safety lab results sent to customers including food giant Kellogg's.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Dasher told jurors in an opening statement Friday that Peanut Corp. of America officers and managers shipped chopped nuts and peanut paste without waiting for microbiological testing, and sometimes faked lab certificates for customers requiring them. Dasher says customers weren't notified if the company later received positive tests for salmonella.

Defense attorneys were to address the jury in U.S. District Court later.

Peanut company owner Stewart Parnell; his brother and food broker, Michael Parnell; and plant quality control manager Mary Wilkerson are standing trial on 76 criminal counts.

Nine people died and more than 700 were sickened in the 2009 outbreak.