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Publisher’s Platform: Another speech, another ‘shake down’

Opinion

Marler Mao

Over the past 20-plus years I have given close to 400 speeches around the world on “why it is a bad idea to poison your customers.” My “chats” have been in front of industry and governmental groups on every continent, except South America. I’m somewhat popular in China. Most of the audiences are receptive to… Continue Reading

Miami cheese company owner draws 15-month prison term

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The owner of Miami-based cheese company Oasis Brands Inc. is the most recent company executive to be sentenced for criminal violations related to pathogen-contaminated food linked to a deadly outbreak. U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola Jr. sentenced Christian Rivas on Monday to serve a total of 15 months in federal prison. Rivas negotiated a… Continue Reading

More time for ‘most significant food safety case in history…’

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More time and more words are being awarded for appellants who say they are working on “the most significant food safety case in the history of the United States. And its significance is matched only by its factual and legal complexity.” Appellants Stewart Parnell and Michael Parnell are getting a total of 3,000 additional words for their… Continue Reading

Public’s view of berry recall blocked by corporate consideration

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A vague link in the supply chain is blurring the public’s view of a recall of frozen strawberries from Egypt that are blamed for infecting at least 134 people across nine states in an ongoing Hepatitis A outbreak. The Egyptian company that produced, processed and exported the fruit is recalling all of the frozen strawberries… Continue Reading

Two Hepatitis A victims in Hawaii confirmed dead

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Two Hepatitis A victims have died in the outbreak in Hawaii that was traced to frozen scallops imported from the Philippines and served raw at Genki Sushi restaurants on Oahu and Kauai. A spokesman for the Hawaii Department of Health confirmed the two deaths Thursday. He said one of the deaths is not attributed to the… Continue Reading

The recall button doesn’t have to be a panic button

Opinion

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In recent years, the food industry has experienced a dramatic increase in recalls, withdrawals and contamination events.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) requested or monitored almost 100 Class I recalls involving serious health hazards related to meat, poultry and egg products in 2015, a 130 percent increase from 2010. Class… Continue Reading

Federal magistrate takes Beef Checkoff under advisement

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Federal Magistrate Judge John T. Johnston heard arguments for 55 minutes Tuesday from attorneys representing the activist legal fund R-CALF USA and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack about the Beef Checkoff program. Judge Johnston of the U.S. District Court in Montana then took his range of options under advisement. R-CALF wants him to grant a temporary restraining order… Continue Reading

Federal investigation of raw milk farm expands to buying clubs

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Miller’s Organic Farm is not having a good year. In March, it was associated with a raw milk Listeria outbreak involving one fatality. A judge then approved USDA’s request to inspect the farm, which led to requests for sales records. Now, Amish owner Amos Miller has been ordered back to court on Nov. 1 where he… Continue Reading

Beef Checkoff goes on the griddle Tuesday in Montana

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The Beef Checkoff is up Tuesday for a federal court hearing where anything could happen from dismissal of the challenging lawsuit to a temporary restraining order for the plaintiff’s. The Beef Checkoff refers to money for marketing and research, including food safety research, to promote the cattle industry. The Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985 gives… Continue Reading

Supreme Court might want to hear DeCoster egg sentence case

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A timely petition for certiorari is going to keep Austin “Jack” DeCoster, 82, and his son, Peter DeCoster, 52, out of jail, at least for several more months while the U.S. Supreme Court decides if it is interested in their case. The high court is being asked to decide if a corporate official without specific… Continue Reading