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ConAgra sentencing delayed again in Peter Pan Salmonella case

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Publisher’s Platform: Time for More Criminal Prosecutions in Food Poisoning Cases?

Opinion

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It has been a busy past several weeks for public health investigators (and lawyers) and uncomfortable (and sometimes deadly) for food poisoning victims, as well as for the management of several companies. Here are just a few of the outbreaks hitting the news: Salmonella Cucumbers: As of Nov. 18, 2015, 838 people infected with the… Continue Reading

Halal Beef Scheme Could Have Millions of Potential Victims in Asia

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Ahead of the yet-to-be scheduled sentencing of the defendants, the government wants to be relieved of the burden of notifying individual victims of a scheme that altered and falsified the true USDA establishment numbers on beef products exported from the United States. Government attorneys have asked the U.S. District Court for Northern Iowa to allow… Continue Reading

DOJ Offers New Plan for Notifying 2006-07 Salmonella Outbreak Victims

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a plan with the U.S. District Court in Albany, GA, for notifying victims of the first Salmonella outbreak involving peanut butter ever to occur in the United States. The notification is about a pending criminal case that might offer them one last chance of obtaining restitution from… Continue Reading

Judge Admonishes Stewart Parnell’s Mother for Outburst

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ALBANY, GA—Stewart Parnell’s mother decided to use a courtroom break on Thursday to verbally confront a female FBI agent coming out of a stall in the women’s bathroom on the third floor of the C.B. King Courthouse in Albany, GA. The approach was not welcomed. The agent, who appeared to be unarmed, was present to… Continue Reading