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Biggest criminal fine ever in food safety case; zip for restitution

Leo A. Knowles, president of ConAgra Grocery Products Company LLC, appeared in federal court in Albany, GA, Tuesday to put a human face on the corporate entity pleading guilty to a criminal misdemeanor charge of shipping peanut butter contaminated with salmonella, causing a nationwide outbreak a decade ago. The plea, part of a bargain struck… 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 inches closer to sentencing for Peter Pan outbreak

ConAgra Grocery Products Co. pleaded guilty a year ago to a one count violation of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, but has yet to be sentenced for the federal misdemeanor. Government attorneys signed plea bargain agreement with ConAgra on May 20, 2015, with the company entering a plea of guilty to the single federal… 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

DOJ Alerts Those Sickened by Peter Pan and Great Value Peanut Butter to Potential Prosecution

Misdemeanor charge likely, says ConAgra

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) last week began reaching out under the Crime Victims’ Rights Act to those sickened in the 2006-07 Salmonella Tennessee outbreak caused by contaminated Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butters. “You are receiving this notice because the government has reason to believe that you may have been the victim… Continue Reading