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UK restaurant owner gets 6 years for role in peanut allergy death

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Restaurant owner Mohammed Zaman, 52, has been found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence in the anaphylactic shock death of a customer in the United Kingdom who was allergic to peanuts. In the sentencing, which was also for six food safety offenses, the Teesside Crown Court imposed a six-year jail term on Zaman. The sentence was… Continue Reading

ConAgra inches closer to sentencing for Peter Pan outbreak

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ConAgra Grocery Products Co. pleaded guilty a year ago to a one count violation of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, but has yet to be sentenced for the federal misdemeanor. Government attorneys signed plea bargain agreement with ConAgra on May 20, 2015, with the company entering a plea of guilty to the single federal… Continue Reading

Costco offers vaccines, denies liability and declares dividend

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To curb an ongoing Hepatitis A outbreak traced to frozen organic fruit sold at Costco stores in Canada, the retailer is offering free vaccinations to consumers, as it did in 2013 when a similar outbreak was linked to another frozen fruit product. The current outbreak linked to Nature’s Touch brand frozen organic “Berry Cherry Blend”… Continue Reading

Bank gets Parnell house in foreclosure ahead of restitution ruling

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The house that once served as headquarters for Peanut Corporation of America is no longer owned by Stewart and Gloria Parnell. The five-bedroom house with four fireplaces site on five acres and has brick patios and walkways with wide planked Arkansas pine floors. It was acquired through foreclosure by American National Bank and Trust Co…. Continue Reading

Native American Enterprises predicts ‘quick resolution’ to FDA’s listeria litigation

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Wichita’s Native American Enterprises LLC — the target of a March 21 civil complaint by the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of the Food and Drug Administration — it telling its side of the story. Doing business as Native American Foods, the Kansas company issued a statement Friday saying “unequivocally that no product contaminated… Continue Reading

150-plus Peter Pan restitution claims possible in ConAgra case

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Since a Salmonella Tennessee outbreak was traced to Peter Pan and certain Great Value peanut butters almost 10 years ago, the government has been looking for victims. That search has delayed the plea hearing and sentencing of ConAgra Grocery Products Co. LLC, which produced the contaminated peanut butter in Sylvester, GA, back in 2006-07. This past July 22,… Continue Reading

Feds seek closure of school, military supplier after Listeria tests

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A federal civil complaint filed Monday seeks to immediately stop Native American Enterprises LLC from distributing adulterated food, following positive results on Listeria tests and repeated warnings from federal officials. The Wichita-based company produces “namely refried beans and sauces” and ready-to-eat taco meat products, according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas. Customers of Native American Enterprises… Continue Reading

Fig & Olive’s layoffs, lawsuits and piles of dirty dishes

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Like those pictures of garbage piling up in the streets of Beirut, the stacks of dirty dishes that were left when the Fig & Olive restaurant chain lost its hot water at its West Hollywood location this past Nov. 17-18 don’t look too appealing. Without hot water, the Fig & Olive on Melrose Place was forced… Continue Reading

Judges grill both sides in DeCosters’ egg sentence appeal

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Two of three judges hearing appeals of the jail sentences handed down to Austin “Jack” DeCoster and Peter DeCoster sounded uncomfortable yesterday with the concept of sending corporate officials to prison for a so-called strict liability case. Lawyers were left arguing whether “this case is that case” or whether, as Department of Justice (DOJ) attorney… Continue Reading

Listeria victim seeks jury trial in federal civil case against Dole

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The daughter of an Ohio woman who is fighting her way back from a coma after eating a contaminated salad has filed the first lawsuit against Dole Food Co. related to a deadly, seven-month-long international Listeria outbreak. In her federal court complaint, Constance Georgostathis seeks unspecified damages for her mother Angeliki “Kiki” Christofield. Christofield fell… Continue Reading