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55 tons of frozen meals recalled for brownie Salmonella risk

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is alerting consumers nationwide that the brownie mix dessert included in breaded chicken nugget meals produced by Conagra Brands Inc., in Marshall, MO, may be contaminated with Salmonella. FSIS is issuing this alert, which affects 110,817 pounds of frozen meals, out of an abundance… Continue Reading

Hunt’s Chili Kits recalled nationwide for Salmonella risk

Conagra Brands Inc. is recalling Hunt’s Chili Kits from retailers, military commissaries and online shoppers nationwide because of possible Salmonella contamination. “The chili seasoning used in the packet originated from a supplier who informed the company of the potential presence of Salmonella in a raw material used in the chili seasoning (packet contained in the… Continue Reading

Criminal plea hearing will likely end decade-old Peter Pan case

The new Department of Justice’s official guidance for holding individuals responsible for corporate wrongdoing will be honored in the breach tomorrow in a federal courtroom in Albany, GA. Instead, any concern about holding individual responsible for wrongdoing will likely be swept aside with a corporate payment of the largest criminal fine ever  in a U.S…. Continue Reading

DOJ invites victims of Salmonella outbreak to criminal hearing

Invitations requiring no RSVPs are out to more than 150 people who suffered from Salmonella Tennessee 10 years ago from contaminated Peter Pan or Great Value peanut butter. They have been invited to the likely final hearing for United States of America v. ConAgra Grocery Products Company LLC. The U.S. Department of Justice’s Victim Notification… Continue Reading

ConAgra sentencing delayed again in Peter Pan Salmonella case

A criminal case stemming from a foodborne illness outbreak a decade ago now won’t be resolved until sometime after late October. U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands has directed government and defense lawyers to schedule plea and sentencing hearings for ConAgra Grocery Products Co., a unit of now Chicago-based ConAgra Foods Inc., after Oct…. Continue Reading

Weis recalls baked goods because of metal bits in sugar

Another recall spurred by metal fragments in sugar from an unnamed supplier was issued Friday evening, this time for 30 bakery products sold by Weis Markets. The Weis recall includes muffins, cookies, shortbread and bread products distributed to the Pennsylvania-based retailer’s stores. It operates more than 160 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey… Continue Reading

ConAgra expands recall of chicken and beef over metal fragments

The July 6 recall by ConAgra Foods was expanded Friday to include an additional 191,791 pounds–up from the original 3,806 pounds—for a total of 195,597 pounds of chicken and beef P.F. Chang’s brand entrée products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal. The problem was first discovered on July 1 by an employee… Continue Reading

Secondary recalls over those Listeria contaminated veggies are piling up

The expected “secondary” recalls from the Listeria outbreak identified in March, and which may date as far back as 2013, are piling up. In March, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta connected reports on eight people from California, Maryland, and Washington who shared Listeria infections that could be linked to… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: A Bit(e) of history of outbreak criminal prosecutions

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I thought it might be helpful to see a few cases where a food borne outbreak brought the attention of the US Attorney’s office. “Forwarded is Forearmed.” Odwalla:  In 1998 in what was the first criminal conviction in a large-scale food-poisoning outbreak, Odwalla Inc. pleaded guilty to violating Federal food safety laws and agreed to pay… Continue Reading

Judge moves to wrap-up final act in case of Peter Pan outbreak

The judge who knows the more about poison peanut butter than anyone else on the federal bench wants to know what’s up with Peter Pan. Judge W. Louis Sands of the U.S District Court of the Middle District of Georgia gave the government until March 24 to determine the status of U.S. v ConAgra Grocery Products… Continue Reading