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Criminal Prosecutions Get Serious as the Regulatory System Sinks to Its Knees



The food industry was rocked by last month’s news that the U.S. Probation Office for the Middle District of Georgia has recommended a life sentence for Stewart Parnell, former CEO of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), following his multiple-felony conviction for knowingly selling tainted peanut butter that ended up killing nine people. Some are… Continue Reading

Judge: Transfer Offer After Moldy Applesauce Report Wasn’t Retaliatory


In 2011, when applesauce from Snokist was making children sick as far away as North Carolina, USDA Agricultural Marketing Services local inspector Wendy Alguard told Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigators arriving on the scene in Yakima, WA, about the problem. She thought FDA ought to know that Snokist employees often had to scrape mold from… Continue Reading

Business Groups Support Appeal to Keep DeCosters Out of Prison


Sending food industry executives to jail for company food safety violations, even if they did not know about them, might seem a useful way to bring about more compliance, but corporate America is rising up to strike down the practice. Amicus briefs are pouring in from industry groups to support the appeal to the St. Louis-based U.S…. Continue Reading

Criminal Trial Delayed in Australian Outbreak Linked to Raw Egg Mayonnaise


A criminal trial involving a Salmonella outbreak which sickened more than 160 people in Australia in May 2013 has been delayed until February 2016. The trial was delayed in order to acquire more expert evidence, sources told a Canberra newspaper. The outbreak was reportedly linked to raw egg mayonnaise served in potato salad at the Copa… Continue Reading

NC Seafood Firm Sentenced for Mislabeling Imported Shrimp as ‘Wild-Caught’


Alphin Brothers Inc., a Dunn, North Carolina-based seafood processor and wholesale distributor, was recently sentenced in federal court for falsely labeling imported shrimp as wild-caught, according to the U.S. Justice Department. Alphin Brothers Inc., pleaded guilty to one felony count of making or submitting false records in violation of the Lacey Act in a plea… Continue Reading

Attorney for Former Rancho Owner Wins Hearing on Protective Order


The Valentine’s Day recall last year of 8,742,700 pounds of beef — all production of the Rancho Feeding Corporation from Jan. 1, 2013 through Jan. 7, 2014 — immediately sparked protests from customers who used the Petaluma, CA, slaughterhouse to process their cattle. After all, they had nothing to do with the scheme to slip animals with… Continue Reading

Food Fraud a Bigger Problem Than Many Realize, Experts Say


Pick up any item in the supermarket and read through the ingredient labeling. Nearly all of the ingredients listed have the potential to be vulnerable to food fraud, according to food fraud investigator Mitchell Weinberg. “Around the world, food fraud is an epidemic. In every single country where food is produced or grown, food fraud… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Stop Censorship of Undercover Videos



Constitutional rights not used or claimed might not survive from one generation to the next. It’s not good enough to say that because of New York Times Co. v. United States (1971), no prior restraint — meaning no government-imposed censorship or punishment — may exist against anyone’s rights to speak or publish under the First Amendment…. Continue Reading

Government Wants PCA Victims to Testify at Sept. 21 Sentencing


The federal government “intends to put on live victim’s testimony and to refer to victim impact statements” next month when defendants in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal case are sentenced in federal court in Albany, GA. “This evidence will make plain the severe hardships that the victims of the Defendants’ conduct suffered,” attorneys… Continue Reading

Permanent Injunction: CA Produce Firm Agrees To Remain Shut Down


To stop any further distribution of adulterated food, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California has approved a permanent injunction against Henh Wong Fresh Produce of Sacramento, CA, owner David C. Ly, and employees Kin S. Ly and Thahn “Danny” C. Ly. Henh Wong Fresh Produce manufactured and distributed tofu, seasoned tofu, fried… Continue Reading