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ConAgra Agrees to Pay $11.2 Million for Salmonella Outbreak

Company pleads guilty to single misdemeanor


Omaha-based ConAgra Foods Inc. has reached a plea agreement with U.S. attorneys that will see its ConAgra Grocery Products Company plead guilty to a single misdemeanor violation of the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. If accepted by the U.S. District Court in Albany, GA, the plea agreement will end the government’s investigation into the… Continue Reading

DOJ Food-Safety Enforcement Role to Continue in 2015


When producers of such staple foods as beef, eggs, and peanut butter found they were the targets of federal criminal prosecution, it became a top food-safety story of 2014. But is it likely that food-safety enforcement will continue to rely on these U.S. Department of Justice-led (DOJ) criminal cases in 2015? You can bet on… Continue Reading

Federal Criminal Charges Against ConAgra Still Possible Over Peter Pan Outbreak


Federal criminal charges related to contaminated peanut butter produced in 2007 in Sylvester, GA, may yet be brought against the owner, ConAgra Foods Inc. Citing a ConAgra report, the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Tuesday disclosed that the company and the U.S. Department of Justice are in ongoing discussions regarding the investigation. “We are pursuing a… Continue Reading

ConAgra Recalls 27 Tons of Soup for Misbranding, Undeclared Allergens


For want of the right label, ConAgra Foods is recalling 54,673 pounds – about 27 tons – of chicken noodle soup products made in one day at its facility in Milton, PA. A “Healthy Choice Chicken with Rice” soup label, which does not list wheat and egg as known allergens, was wrapped around the microwave… Continue Reading

The Best of Food Safety: The Food Industry


Last week, Food Safety News acknowledged leaders in government, education, non-government organizations, consumer groups and the media who help keep our food supply safe.  Today we end our series focusing on food safety leaders by naming names in the food industry. Of course, no list is ever complete so if you think we’ve forgotten someone, please leave us… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Test Run for New FSIS Traceback Policy



Troy and Sterling Heights are a pair of hardscrabble Michigan towns both about 20 miles north of Detroit now dealing with a Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak. Each has a retail meat market that since Thursday first recalled 500 and then the second 550 pounds of ground beef. Each meat market in turn sold ground beef to… Continue Reading

Salmonella and Peanut Butter: Victims’ Stories


A little more than a week ago, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the end of the Salmonella outbreak tied to Trader Joe’s peanut butter made by Sunland Inc. in New Mexico. In total, at least 42 people in 20 states fell ill, with 10 requiring hospitalization. Headlines from recent years have made the… Continue Reading

ConAgra Sued Over GMO ‘100% Natural’ Cooking Oils



If you use Wesson brand cooking oils, you may be able to join a class action against food giant ConAgra for deceptively marketing the products as natural. These days it’s hard to walk down a supermarket aisle without bumping into a food product that claims to be “all-natural.” If you’ve ever wondered how even some… Continue Reading

Millions Spent Lobbying Food Safety

The Senate recently updated its lobbying disclosure database with second quarter spending information.  The documents available through the database reveal which organizations are spending what–and where their money is focused. The Senate Website is set up so that you can easily search for companies lobbying on behalf of a particular subject like food safety.  Anyone… Continue Reading

Flour Investigated as E. coli Source

ANAHEIM– If you test enough flour you can find some contaminated by the potentially deadly pathogen–E. coli O157:H7–but testing probably is not going to do much when it comes to making flour safe to eat. So concluded three speakers–Cargill’s Joe Shebuski, Nestlé’s Tim Jackson, and ConAgra’s Ben Warren–who Monday addressed the International Association of Food… Continue Reading