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Federal court orders remedial action by Minnesota’s Meech Dairy

The U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota has enjoined Todd & Patty Meech Dairy Farm and its co-owners from introducing adulterated meat into interstate commerce pending required remedial action. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the federal court entered a consent decree of permanent injunction against the Meech Dairy Farm, located in… Continue Reading

DOJ: Freshy Foods needs to cease operations until it cleans up

Inspectors have repeatedly found Listeria contamination in facility, ready-to-eat foods

A listeria strain that took up residence at Louisiana’s Freshy Foods in 2013 and remains there to this day, along with multiple instances where its ready-to-eat sandwiches were poisoned with the same pathogen, spurred government action Friday. Attorneys from the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Consumer Protection Branch and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern… Continue Reading

Federal court shuts down fish processor after years of problems

Thirteen years after Michel G. Blanchet promised to follow food safety laws, The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California has enjoined the Los Angeles man from preparing, processing, and distributing adulterated fish or fishery products without first taking required remedial action. The Department of Justice(DOJ) said the injunction order requires Blanchet to implement… Continue Reading

FDA wants judge to shut down unsanitary Staten Island facility

Euroline Foods LLC and Royal Seafood Baza Inc. violated the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act by processing and distributing ready-to-eat fish, fishery products, vegetable salads and cheese products in a Staten Island facility where there were chronic unsanitary conditions. So says a civil complaint filed Monday by the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf… Continue Reading

Sessions clears way for food companies to ignore FDA guidance

Drugs, cosmetics, medical devices also now clear of some federal prosecutions for noncompliance

Those guidance documents the Food and Drug Administration hands out to food manufacturers and others don’t mean as much as they once did. The Department of Justice has changed its policy so government lawyers will no longer rely on guidance documents to establish civil law infractions. The policy change was not a surprise. Attorney General… Continue Reading

Feds target smoked fish operation once on Oprah’s favorite list

Federal officials are seeking a court order to stop a smoked fish operation from selling food because of repeated Listeria problems at its Westchester County, NY, facility. Known as The Smokehouse of New York, the business owned by Panagiota Soublis is in the municipality of Mamaroneck, NY. It uses Oprah Winfrey’s face on its much… Continue Reading

Permanent injunction against Syfrett Feed Co over medicated animal feeds

Syfrett Feed Company Inc. of Okeechobee, FL, along with its owner and president, vice president and operations manager were  named Thursday in a consent decree of permanent injunction by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The injunction permanently enjoins the defendants from distributing misbranded and adulterated medicated animal feed in violation of… Continue Reading

Dole’s Springfield shutdown, recalls cost company $36 million

Because the Dole Food Company is going public, financial documents it has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission are available showing how much recalls and shutdowns have cost the company’s  Dole Fresh Vegetables unit during the past two years. A 2015 recall of bagged salads distributed in 13 states because a sample of Dole… Continue Reading