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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

FDA sued for failing to impose regs about shellfish bacteria

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The FDA’s failure to act to protect the public from deadly bacteria in shellfish not only means the agency is in violation of the Food Safety Modernization Act, but it means at least 15 people will likely die unnecessarily every year, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court. “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration… Continue Reading

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