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Halal Beef Scheme Could Have Millions of Potential Victims in Asia


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


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


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

Judge Wants a Thorough Search for Consumers Sickened by Peter Pan Peanut Butter


If you were eating Peter Pan peanut butter during the winter of 2006-07 and got sick, the federal government is about to come looking for you. And federal Judge W. Louis Sands wants a more robust search for victims of the Salmonella Tennessee outbreak now that Omaha-based ConAgra has agreed to accept responsibility for it…. Continue Reading

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