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Roos Foods Takes Responsibility for 2014 Listeria Outbreak

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A company that lost its food facility registration almost two years ago after Mexican-style cheeses it produced and distributed were blamed for a 2014 outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes pleaded guilty on Friday to food adulteration in a federal court in Delaware. Since its registration was pulled on March 11, 2014, Delaware’s Roos Foods Inc. has… Continue Reading

Mother of Jack in The Box outbreak victim dies

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Suzanne Kiner, food safety advocate and mother of one of the child victims of the infamous 1993 Jack in The Box E. coli outbreak, died Jan. 5, 2016, at age 67. Kiner’s daughter Brianne was 9 years old in 1993 when she contracted what developed into a life-threatening infection from E. coli in a fast food hamburger…. Continue Reading

Chobani, Dannon at Odds Over Yogurt Sweeteners

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Stevia leaf extract and sucralose are both safe as far as the federal government is concerned, but two yogurt giants are at odds about the zero-calorie sweeteners and the dispute has oozed into the federal court system. It only took two days for Chobani LLC and the Dannon Co. to reach the litigation level in… Continue Reading

Stockholder seeks damages; claims Chipotle execs knew food safety was inadequate

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A woman who bought 105 shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill in December — after the restaurant chain was linked to six outbreaks in as many months — says the chain and its executive trio owes her and other stockholders damages. Susie Ong filed a securities action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of… Continue Reading

Solicitor General Opinion Favors Colorado’s Marijuana Industry

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The Solicitor General of the United Sates says that recreational marijuana is Colorado’s business and there is no need for the U.S. Supreme Court to review claims from Nebraska and Oklahoma that they are owed something because the legal weed is being trafficked beyond the Centennial State’s borders. Nebraska and Oklahoma sued Colorado a year ago… Continue Reading

Idaho Appeals Federal Court Decision Overturning States’s Ag-Gag Law

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Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco to review a lower federal court’s opinion that the Gem State’s new “ag-gag” law is unconstitutional. Wasden filed a notice of appeal with the Ninth Circuit over the ruling in August by U.S. District Court Judge B…. Continue Reading

Food Safety Misdemeanors Might Require Showing ‘Guilty State of Mind’

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One option the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has pursued since at least 2010 in criminal prosecutions of corporations and officers is to bring charges that do not require proof that defendants were in a criminal state of mind. However, it’s an option that may be ending soon. FDA’s policy — seen recently in… Continue Reading

Appeals Court Hears Arguments Tomorrow on Blocked Chicken Info

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When it comes to food safety transparency, how much company information can you pry out of government agencies by using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)? On Wednesday, a panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco will hear arguments on both sides of that question in… Continue Reading

WTO Authorizes $1 Billion in Retaliatory Tariffs Against COOL

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The World Trade Organization (WTO) has authorized Canada and Mexico to charge the U.S. $1 billion in retaliatory tariffs for country-of-origin labeling (COOL) on meat. Last spring, WTO rejected a U.S. appeal of its decision that COOL unfairly discriminates against meat imports and gives the advantage to domestic meat products. COOL, which went into effect for meat… Continue Reading

Sands Offers PCA Defendants Hearings Before Imposing Restitution

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The trial court judge who only recently sent four defendants to federal prison for a total of 57 years is not quite through with them. U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands this week let four of the five who were convicted in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal case know, through their attorneys,… Continue Reading