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Restitution Phase of PCA Criminal Case Starts With Bankruptcy History

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ALBANY, GA—Defense attorneys in the restitution phase of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal prosecution focused in Wednesday on a 2009 claims adjustment agreement that a bankruptcy court used to disperse $12.75 million to 122 victims of the PCA-caused Salmonella outbreak. E. Scott Austin, representing former PCA owner and chief executive Stewart Parnell, suggested… Continue Reading

Humane Society Files Complaint with FDA Against Costco Egg Supplier

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The Humane Society of the United States has filed legal complaints with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleging that Hillandale Farms, a Costco egg supplier, has deceived consumers with its poor animal welfare standards and “filthy and unsanitary conditions,” resulting in food safety concerns. The complaints come… Continue Reading

Deaths Linked to PCA Peanut Butter May Finally Be Talked About in Open Court

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ALBANY, GA—United States of America v. Stewart Parnell et al began 346 weeks ago when food safety cops on the beat first identified an unusual multistate cluster of Salmonella Typhimurium. It would become the most deadly outbreak of foodborne illness experienced in the 21st century so far and among the top 10 of the modern… Continue Reading

Most Significant Criminal Food Safety Case Nears Conclusion

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Two days have been set aside this week to resolve remaining pre-sentence issues in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal case being heard in federal court in Albany, GA. While this is the most significant criminal food safety case to ever be tried in the United States, it’s gone on so long that some people… Continue Reading

Cattle Producer Associations Run From Hot to Cold on COOL

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The move in Congress to repeal mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law for beef, pork and chicken is again turning up the fault lines among the three major organizations that represent American cattle producers. While there are numerous state and local affiliates, the three big groups are: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), based in Denver and… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: ‘Super’ Weeds and the C-Word

Opinion

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A couple of weeks ago, when I found myself putting a few thousand miles on a new truck in the upper Midwest, I forgot to take enough music along to cover all that distance. That left no choice but to turn to the AM radio, where there are three options: religious, public and farm. I… Continue Reading

Judge Clears Way for Minnesota Dairy Farmer to Test ‘Right to Peddle’

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A Minnesota district court is making sure that nothing is standing in the way of dairy farmer David Berglund’s test to see whether the state constitution’s “right to peddle” is enough to shield his raw milk sales from state regulation. Berglund’s attorney, Zenas Baer, says it may be months before the Minnesota District Court for Cook… Continue Reading

Michigan Bills Would Extend Safety Inspections to State Prison Kitchens

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Aramark Correctional Services, the prison food vendor in Michigan, was recently caught serving maggots with potatoes and then ordering inmates to keep their mouths about it, according to published reports. And why not? State prison kitchens are exempt from food safety inspections because they are not defined as “food establishments” under state law. A pair… Continue Reading

Senate Agriculture Committee Mulls Options on COOL

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The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing Thursday to discuss country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for meat, which requires that packages sold in the U.S. indicate the country, or countries, where animals were born, raised and slaughtered. “It doesn’t matter if you’re pro-COOL (and many are) or anti-COOL (and many are), you cannot ignore the fact that retaliation… Continue Reading