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Farmers and ranchers get their privacy back

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Privacy was the winner in a Court of Appeals case a few days ago in the 8th U.S. Circuit with a unanimous ruling against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A three-judge panel ruled against EPA’s practice of collecting private information from farmers and ranchers and then turning it over to environmental activists and others who request it through the Freedom… Continue Reading

UPDATE: Virginia offers few details about Hepatitis A outbreak

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UPDATE: After this story posted, a spokeswoman from the Virginia Department of Health provided additional details about the outbreak. As of the afternoon of Aug. 26, there were 35 confirmed cases of Hepatitis A, with illness onset dates ranging from May 2 through Aug. 18. Because of the long incubation period of 15 to 50… Continue Reading

Sam’s Club bakery supplier denies it is endangering consumers

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Orange Bakery Inc., whose customers include Whole Foods Market and Sam’s Club, this week denied claims in a federal civil case that allege the company stopped required food safety testing and has been forging third-party certifications for more than a year. The bakery company, based in Irvine, CA, has several facilities across the U.S. It… Continue Reading

Government gets extra time to respond on DeCosters’ rehearing

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The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals wants the government to have sufficient time to respond before it decides whether to grant a rehearing on the jail sentences for 82-year-old Austin “Jack” DeCoster and his 53-year-old son Peter DeCoster, the egg men implicated in a nationwide Salmonella outbreak in 2010. Once the U.S. Department of Justice’s… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A outbreak tops 200; state seeks help from public

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The number of Hepatitis A outbreak victims in Hawaii has topped 200 and health officials expect that number to continue to increase. As of Wednesday’s weekly update, 206 people have been confirmed in the outbreak, with 51 having had symptoms so severe that they had to be hospitalized, according to the Hawaii Department of Health…. Continue Reading

ConAgra sentencing delayed again in Peter Pan Salmonella case

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A criminal case stemming from a foodborne illness outbreak a decade ago now won’t be resolved until sometime after late October. U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands has directed government and defense lawyers to schedule plea and sentencing hearings for ConAgra Grocery Products Co., a unit of now Chicago-based ConAgra Foods Inc., after Oct…. Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Sending condolences to Chipotle’s PR guy

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What a drag it must be to wake up every day as the public relations guy for Chipotle Mexican Grill. Seriously, consumers to the left of you, media to the right, and there you are — stuck in the middle with Steve Ells and the burrito bunch. For almost a year now the Denver-based fast… Continue Reading

DeCoster attorney requests rehearing on sentences for egg men

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A federal appeals court decision that upheld jail sentences for two men whose eggs caused a huge Salmonella outbreak is in conflict with the U.S. Supreme Court’s Park Doctrine, every prior decision applying the doctrine, and every prior appellate opinion on whether Due Process allows prison sentences for vicarious liability crimes, according to the egg men’s lawyer. That… Continue Reading

Year-long hunt finds almost 200 Peter Pan, Great Value victims

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Close to 200 victims of the Salmonella serotype Tennessee outbreak that ended in early 2007 are in line for restitution when ConAgra Grocery Products Co. appears in federal court for sentencing. Credit for finding so many documented victims of a nearly decade-old outbreak goes to federal Judge W. Louis Sands, who has delayed proceedings in… Continue Reading

More sick, 20 hospitalized in Chicago E. coli outbreak

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The number of people sickened in an E. coli outbreak traced to a Chicago restaurant continues to increase, with 65 now confirmed. Twenty of the victims’ symptoms were so severe they were admitted to hospitals. Public health officials have not yet determined the root cause of the outbreak, which was traced to the Carbón Live… Continue Reading