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PCA’s Former Operations Manager Testifies in Ongoing Criminal Trial

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Daniel W. Kilgore, operations manager for Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) from June 2002 to May 2008 at Blakely, GA, is now testifying in the federal criminal trial in Albany, GA. He is likely to go down as the government’s star witness against the trio of former PCA managers, who today are in the 23rd… Continue Reading

Federal Judge Strikes Down Kauai Law Limiting GM Crops and Pesticides

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County governments on individual islands in Hawaii may have stirred the pot when it comes to genetically modified crop and pesticide use, but U.S. District Court Judge Barry M. Kurren has now ordered them out of the kitchen. The federal judge has declared that the County of Kauai’s ordinance on GM crops and pesticide use… Continue Reading

DOJ Alerts Those Sickened by Peter Pan and Great Value Peanut Butter to Potential Prosecution

Misdemeanor charge likely, says ConAgra

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) last week began reaching out under the Crime Victims’ Rights Act to those sickened in the 2006-07 Salmonella Tennessee outbreak caused by contaminated Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butters. “You are receiving this notice because the government has reason to believe that you may have been the victim… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Week Four of the PCA Trial

Opinion

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How should we read the tea leaves in the latest order from U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands about an issue that might impact the criminal trial of three former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives? We’ve been using this Sunday space to comment during the course of the federal trial on how things… Continue Reading

Next Action in Rancho Feeding Corp. Criminal Case Delayed to Sept. 24

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Except for finishing up the arraignment of the defendants, who are being freed on bail, the criminal case involving the former owners and employees of the Rancho Feeding Corporation won’t really get underway until Sept. 24. Federal Judge Charles R. Breyer continued the “initial appearances” in the case until that date, and, under agreement with… Continue Reading

PCA’s Former Lawyers Aren’t Willing to Help Out Federal Prosecutors

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Away from the jury in the criminal case against three former Peanut Corporations of America (PCA) executives, federal Judge W. Louis Sands is soon going to have to decide if he’s going to let government prosecutors go through documents held by PCA’s former lawyers. It’s a legal dispute brought on the eve of the trial… Continue Reading

PCA’s Former Plant Manager Cross-Examined by Defense Team

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Samuel Lightsey, the former Peanut Corporation of American (PCA) plant manager with the government plea deal, spent more than six days on the witness stand answering every question put to him by prosecutors. On Tuesday, defense attorneys for the three former PCA executives on trial for a total of 71 federal felonies got their chance… Continue Reading

Former Rancho Employees Charged With 11 Felonies

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Straight-up fraud and conspiracy, mostly to get cows with “cancer eye” past USDA inspectors so they could be processed along with healthy animals, were allegedly behind the demise of the Petaluma, CA, slaughterhouse that closed in February during a recall of nearly 9 million pounds of beef. There is no hint in the indictment unsealed… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Week Three of the PCA Trial

Opinion

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Shortly after I relocated to Colorado for sunshine and dry snow a decade ago, I found myself swept up for jury duty. When it came time for “we, the jury” to decide whether or not the defendant was guilty as charged on several state felony counts, the court gave us “cheat sheets” to guide our… Continue Reading

In the Dark: Witness Says Kellogg’s Didn’t Know What it was Getting From PCA

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Kellogg’s of Battle Creek believed it was getting what it had ordered from Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). It wanted only domestic peanuts free of Salmonella contamination, period. But each time a tanker truck with a 40,000-pound load left PCA’s Blakely, GA, peanut processing plant, Kellogg’s was getting something else entirely. The big tanker trucks were… Continue Reading