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Benjamin C. Mizer

Biggest criminal fine ever in food safety case; zip for restitution

Leo A. Knowles, president of ConAgra Grocery Products Company LLC, appeared in federal court in Albany, GA, Tuesday to put a human face on the corporate entity pleading guilty to a criminal misdemeanor charge of shipping peanut butter contaminated with salmonella, causing a nationwide outbreak a decade ago. The plea, part of a bargain struck… Continue Reading

Top food safety prosecutor continues accountability approach

The Justice Department’s top food safety prosecutor says the year-old “Yates Memo,” about holding individuals at corporations accountable, is “still evolving.” In remarks prepared for delivery Wednesday at the Food and Drug Law Institute’s Enforcement, Litigation and Compliance Conference, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer said  “the memo’s changes in emphasis are yet to… Continue Reading

Not a lot standing between egg man Jack DeCoster and jail

The sole question remaining before the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals is whether the federal jail sentences imposed on Austin “Jack” DeCoster and Peter DeCoster are lawful in light of the findings at sentences. In a newly filed response to the DeCosters’ request for a rehearing on their three-month sentences, government attorneys say the sentences… Continue Reading

Montana Man Violates Consent Decree By Again Selling Dietary Supplements

Toby McAdam of Livingston, MT, was scheduled for a jury trial beginning tomorrow, but he decided instead to plead guilty to a single count of violating a criminal contempt order under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). McAdam, who made a living for 20 years in the health supplement and alternative health… Continue Reading

DOJ: Consumers Must Remain on Guard About Supplement Risks

Putting out too much information is rarely a problem for the government, but most reports about Tuesday’s announcement by federal agencies of their new and ongoing “sweep” against unlawful dietary supplements overlooked some important consumer information. In addition to the criminal and civil actions made public Nov. 17, 2015, by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the… Continue Reading

Feds Announce ‘Nationwide Sweep’ of Supplement Makers

Seven federal agencies, led by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), have announced joint civil and criminal actions against more than 100 makers and marketers of potentially dangerous dietary supplements, which one official compared to modern-day versions of “snake oil salesman and medical quacks.” The agencies went public Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, with some unsealed federal court indictments, with… Continue Reading

Government Wants to be Able to Jail Egg Executives for Food Safety Violations

Just after the federal government put a former food industry CEO in prison for the longest term ever handed down for a food safety-related crime, a top official in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed arguments to make jail time for such executives more routine. Benjamin C. Mizer, principal deputy assistant attorney general of the United States,… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: A ‘Superfood’ Controversy

Opinion

Dietary supplements — all those pills, powders, and liquid substances — have long existed in a kind of food safety twilight zone. Unlike drugs, supplements do not require the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval before going on the market, nor are the high standards being applied to food and even animal feed under the… Continue Reading