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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

UPDATED: Woman sues restaurant; E. coli outbreak tops 50

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UPDATED CONTENT July 7 — This story has been updated to include reports that the number of E. coli victims in the outbreak has doubled to 50, up from 25. A Chicago woman who had to spend three nights in a hospital after eating food from Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill in Bridgeport has filed a… Continue Reading

8th Circuit approves jail sentences for egg men

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When he sentenced a father and son to three months each, the federal judge in a criminal trial about an egg-related Salmonella outbreak said he was imposing the jail time unless someone could tell him federal law specifically prohibited him from doing so. With a 2-1 vote made public Wednesday, a federal appeals panel said U.S. District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett was… Continue Reading

Judge moves quickly to stop seafood processor’s operation

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The federal government’s new emphasis on food safety was recently revealed in two ways through litigation against a Mobile Bay seafood company. First, food safety risks created by the company’s actions are getting a longer and more thorough discussion in complaints filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ). Second, the time lag between DOJ filing requests for permanent injunctions… Continue Reading

Appeal could put Secretary of Agriculture in courthouse door

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For the first time since the U.S. Department of Justice increased filing criminal charges for food safety violations, it may get its wings clipped just a bit by a challenge to district court jurisdiction in some limited instances. At issue is a jurisdictional question being raised on appeal that could prevent some criminal charges from… Continue Reading

Raw milk dairy linked to Listeria cases must submit to USDA inspection

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After three hours of testimony Tuesday, a federal judge ruled Amos Miller and Miller’s Organic Farm, located at 648 Millcreek School Road in Bird-in-Hand, PA, must submit to inspection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The order was handed down from the bench by  Judge Edward G. Smith in the U.S. District Court for Eastern Pennsylvania… Continue Reading

More victims seek restitution in ’06 peanut butter outbreak

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An additional 42 victim statements with supporting documents have been filed with the government over a decade-old Salmonella Tennessee outbreak that was spread by peanut butter made at a ConAgra Grocery Products Co. processing plant in Sylvester, GA. The additional victims statements were submitted June 8, according to Graham A. Thorpe, assistant U.S. Attorney for… Continue Reading

Halal appeals get meaty; federal court jurisdiction challenged

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When it went through the trial court, the case just seemed like a switch-a-roo scheme that got busted. But now, a consolidated appeal with oral arguments planned is sparking  broader interest because it’s become a question about the jurisdiction of federal courts. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has allowed the federal government… Continue Reading

Sick boy’s parents sue eatery with food safety violation history

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Denver parents are seeking legal recourse after their teenage son was hospitalized with life-threatening complications from an E. coli O157:H7 infection linked to an Aurora, CO, restaurant. The lawsuit, filed Thursday with the Arapaho County District Court in Centennial, CO, states that Marc and Candace Thompson and their son Noah, 14, ate at the Pho 75 restaurant at 2050… Continue Reading