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Carl Custer

Week 3: BPI continues case against ABC in defamation trial

The $1.9 billion state civil defamation trial pitting Beef Products  Inc. against Disney-owned ABC Television and reporter Jim Avila enters its third week today in Elk Point, SD. The 12-member jury and four alternates—11 women and five men—have so far heard only the live testimony or video depositions of plaintiff witnesses as BPI puts forward its… Continue Reading

Jury trial begins today in BPI v. ABC on the saga of ‘pink slime’

ELK POINT, SD — A 12-member jury and four alternates, including 11 women and five men, are ready to hear opening arguments today in a $1.9 billion defamation trial scheduled to last eight weeks here at the Union County Court House. Five years in the making, the trial pits a locally based niche beef processor… Continue Reading

BPI drops some defendants from ‘pink slime’ civil action

ABC news reporters Diane Sawyer and Jim Avila and American Broadcasting Companies Inc. remain as defendants in $1.2 billion lawsuit brought by Beef Products Inc. in Dakota Dunes, SD.   However, the beef company that pioneered the product dubbed “pink slime” has agreed to drop its claims against ABC News Inc. and two former USDA… Continue Reading

IAFP 2016 — The Salmonella question isn’t easily answered

ST. LOUIS — A scientist, a retiree and a lawyer walk into a seminar room. There’s no punchline. They’re no joke. They came to talk Salmonella and they are deadly serious. The three-part session Monday afternoon at the annual conference of the International Association for Food Protection was headlined with a question in the program… Continue Reading

IAFP 2015: Taylor and Almanza Share the Same Stage in Portland

Tuesday’s schedule at the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) annual meeting in Portland, OR, featured the “Mike and Al Show” competing with lunch, but there still was a large crowd at the Oregon Convention Center to hear two of the nation’s top food safety officials. Mike Taylor, Deputy FDA Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary… Continue Reading

Controlling Pathogens: Options and a Recommendation

Opinion

My previous articles have outlined that certain strains of Salmonella are virulent and pathogenic to humans. As such, they are adulterants by definition of the Meat and Poultry Inspection Acts, even in raw meat or poultry products. These pathogenic strains can be identified by their pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) profile or other genetic assays…. Continue Reading

Controlling Salmonella Would Cost Producers

Opinion

Controlling Salmonella or other pathogens would cost producers, and the cost would be expected to be transferred to processors and consumers. For animal pathogens, the USDA’s APHIS bears some of the burden and indemnifies producers for destroyed flocks. Many producers currently bear the cost of preventing animal pathogens from infecting their flocks and herds through… Continue Reading

Controlling Salmonella in Raw Foods

Opinion

One of the arguments against attempts to control Salmonella is that it is naturally occurring and impossible to eradicate. According to several scientific studies, that is not true. During 1978-1981, B.S. Pomeroy at the University of Minnesota grew Salmonella-free turkeys primarily by selecting Salmonella-free hatchlings, feeding Salmonella-free feed and isolating the flock. “Hatching eggs from… Continue Reading

Salmonellosis Prevention: The Warning Labels Are Enough

Opinion

Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) labels are not always informative. The warning label prescribed in 9 C.F.R. 317.2(l) and 381.125(b) has faded into the background of consumer’s awareness by overuse. Other terms such as “uncooked” or “ready to cook” for partially cooked or breaded products are not as clear as “raw” or “contains raw… Continue Reading

Salmonella: The Bacterium

Opinion

The genus Salmonella is diverse. Currently there are three recognized species: S. enterica, S. bongori and S. subterranean, with S. enterica the most important specie affecting human and food animal health. However, even the species S. enterica is diverse. Unlike most bacterial genera, Salmonella is best known by the Kauffman-White system serotypes that are based… Continue Reading