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ConAgra Agrees to Pay $11.2 Million for Salmonella Outbreak

Company pleads guilty to single misdemeanor

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Omaha-based ConAgra Foods Inc. has reached a plea agreement with U.S. attorneys that will see its ConAgra Grocery Products Company plead guilty to a single misdemeanor violation of the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. If accepted by the U.S. District Court in Albany, GA, the plea agreement will end the government’s investigation into the… Continue Reading

Feds Want to Keep Seized Midamar Emails For Now

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The government on Tuesday asked a federal magistrate to deny an emergency motion seeking the return of emails taken last week when search warrants were executed at the Midamar Corporation in Cedar Rapids, IA. Defense attorneys for the company say the emails are shielded by attorney-client privilege. After a 56-minute hearing in U.S. District Court for the… Continue Reading

Four Defendants Sentenced in Cheese Reselling Scheme

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The recent sentencing of Miguel Leal, former president of Mexican Cheese Producers Inc. of Darlington, WI, brought to an end criminal prosecution for events dating back to 2007. Leal, Cynthia Gutierrez, and Jose and Tony Zurita were indicted by a grand jury that sat during the winter of 2011. Charges were filed with the U.S. District… Continue Reading

Iowa Halal Producer Gets Hearing on Seized Emails

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A motion for an emergency protective order, which is being sought by attorneys for Midamar Corp. executives, will be heard Tuesday by a federal magistrate judge in Cedar Rapids, IA. Midamar founder William B. Aossey Jr. and his two sons want to regain control of emails they say were seized by federal agents last week who… Continue Reading

Defense: Halal Case Documents Swept Up in Iowa Federal Raids

Feds say weapons shipped out via Midamar exports

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Defense attorneys for the Halal meat exporter charged with fraud and conspiracy are upset because they say confidential attorney-client emails and other documents were swept up earlier this week when Midamar Corporation and two other locations in Cedar Rapids, IA, were raided by federal agents investigating an alleged gun-running scheme. In a motion filed with the… Continue Reading

After Outbreak, Turkish Restaurant Workers Get Jail Terms, Fines, Deportation

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A court in Doha, Qatar, recently found a Turkish fast-food restaurant and five of its employees guilty of selling food unfit for human consumption and sentenced them to jail, fines and deportation. The defendants also must publish the verdict in a local daily newspaper at their own expense. The Court of Environmental Misdemeanors found that several… Continue Reading

Trials Scheduled for Iowa Defendants in Halal Case

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The founder of an Iowa-based global supplier of Halal meat and poultry products is scheduled for a federal criminal trial starting July 7 which is expected to take about a week. Another trial is scheduled for Sept. 28 for his two sons and the company he founded, the entity that certifies its products as Halal. The… Continue Reading

Sentencing of Rancho Defendants Will Be Aug. 12 in San Francisco

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Four defendants involved in the scheme to slaughter cattle with cancerous eyes and sell the meat for human consumption are going to be sentenced together Aug. 12 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco. In separate orders, federal Judge Charles R. Breyer consolidated the sentencing dates for the four related… Continue Reading

Judge: Vermont’s GMO-Labeling Law and Industry Lawsuit Can Both Proceed

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U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss decided Monday to let Vermont go ahead with its plans to become the first state to require labeling of food containing genetically modified ingredients on July 1, 2016, and to let the Grocery Manufacturers of America-led litigation to stop it from happening proceed. Both sides were left going through the trial… Continue Reading

DOJ: Wilkerson’s Move for Acquittal in PCA Trial Isn’t New and It’s Too Late

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Government attorneys have roared back at the former quality control manager for a Blakely, GA, peanut processing plant who claims she was wrongly convicted of obstruction of justice. Mary Wilkerson wants a federal judge to grant her an acquittal for the crime a jury convicted her of last September. But U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) attorneys… Continue Reading