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Lawsuit Claims Beneful Dog Food is Poisoning Pets

Company calls the complaint 'baseless'


A class-action lawsuit filed Feb. 5 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California claims that certain ingredients in Beneful dry kibble dog food from Nestlé Purina PetCare Company have sickened or killed thousands of dogs. Frank Lucido of Discovery Bay, CA, states in the complaint that after his family began feeding their three… Continue Reading

Amaral Joins Others in Pleading Guilty in Rancho Feeding Case


Jesse “Babe” Amaral Jr., former co-owner of the Petaluma, CA, slaughterhouse previously known as Rancho Feeding Corporation, has joined three other defendants in pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute adulterated, misbranded, and uninspected meat. All four defendants will proceed to status hearings and sentencing later this year as there is now no need for any… Continue Reading

Founder of Iowa’s ‘Halal’ Beef-Exporting Businesses Gets Trial Postponed


The first to be charged might now be the last to be tried in the Iowa cases involving the allegedly falsified sale of “Halal” beef to markets in Southeast Asia. The trial in U.S. District Court for Northern Iowa of 73-year-old Cedar Rapids businessman William B. Aossey Jr., which was to begin March 9, has… Continue Reading

Soy Company Shut Down Until It Can Meet FDA Regulations


San Francisco-based Fong Kee Tofu Co. Inc. has agreed to indefinitely shut down operations, or until its manufacturing facility can meet federation food safety regulations. The company, which makes soy drinks, tofu and related products, had been cited by Food and Drug Administration officials for food safety violations several times in the past four years… Continue Reading

Judge Dismisses Challenge to USDA Poultry Inspection Rule

Ruling says Food & Water Watch lacks standing


Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has dismissed a lawsuit Food & Water Watch Inc. and two of its members filed last fall against U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to challenge the agency’s New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS). The language the judge used in her ruling issued… Continue Reading

Settlement Reached for 66 Victims of 2011 Cantaloupe Listeria Outbreak


A settlement was recently reached between 66 victims of the 2011 Listeria outbreak linked to Jensen Brothers cantaloupe and some of the 20 defendants. The terms of the settlement are confidential, said Williams Marler of Seattle-based Marler Clark, a food-safety law firm. “The matter was resolved by mutual agreement of the parties,” Marler said. (Marler Clark underwrites Food… Continue Reading

Federal Court Delays Both Trials in Iowa ‘Halal’ Beef Export Case


Two trials stemming from federal prosecution of allegedly falsified export documents and certificates involving the international sale of supposedly “Halal” beef are being delayed as government and defense attorneys agree trial preparation is too complex to move quickly. The brakes have been put on both of the criminal cases in U.S. District Court for Northern… Continue Reading

Appeals Court: CA’s Proposition 2 Passes Constitutional Muster


Another federal court decision has upheld California’s Proposition 2, which passed overwhelming in 2008 and has dramatically raised raw shell egg prices in the Golden State since this past Jan. 1 when it became effective. This time is was a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals based in San Francisco that… Continue Reading

California Woman Sues Deli Over Salmonella Infection


A woman in Ventura County, CA, is suing the delicatessen where she says she contracted a severe Salmonella infection last summer as part of an outbreak that sickened at least 21 people. The woman, Stephanie Wehr, ate at Brent’s Deli in Westlake Village, CA, in early August and began coming down with symptoms of illness the… Continue Reading

Attorneys Substituted on Stewart Parnell’s Defense Team


One of Stewart Parnell’s many attorneys has withdrawn as counsel in the Peanut Corporation of America criminal case now approaching the second anniversary of its original criminal indictment. According to court documents, Atlanta-based attorneys William B. Hill Jr. and Alexander J. Bartko, have notified the court that the national firm of Polsinelli P.C. is no… Continue Reading