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Walmart’s Great Value frozen cherries recalled for listeria risk

Some frozen, organic, sweet, pitted cherries packaged under Walmart’s Great Value brand are under recall after producer Sunrise Growers Inc. found Listeria monocytogenes during routine testing. Distribution details — such cities and states — were incomplete in the recall notice, posted Wednesday on the Food and Drug Administration’s website. Sunrise Growers shipped the frozen organic… Continue Reading

Great Value, other pie and tart shells recalled for tainted flour

Another food recall in Canada is underway in the midst of an E. coli outbreak as several brands of pie and tart shells made with flour linked to 28 illnesses are being pulled from retailers across the country. Harlan Bakeries of Edmonton and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are warning consumers to check their homes… Continue Reading

Almost 100 tons of chicken, Vienna sausage recalled for MSG

Almost 200,000 pounds of Vienna sausage and other chicken sausage products, including some packaged under Wal-Mart’s Great Value brand, are under recall because they contain monosodium glutamate (MSG) that is not declared on their labels. Century Packing Corp., based in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, distributed the products to retailers and institutional foodservice operations, including schools,… Continue Reading

Criminal plea hearing will likely end decade-old Peter Pan case

The new Department of Justice’s official guidance for holding individuals responsible for corporate wrongdoing will be honored in the breach tomorrow in a federal courtroom in Albany, GA. Instead, any concern about holding individual responsible for wrongdoing will likely be swept aside with a corporate payment of the largest criminal fine ever  in a U.S…. Continue Reading

ConAgra criminal hearing delayed for another two months

More than 150 people known to be seeking restitution in the case of the USA v. ConAgra Grocery Products Co. LCC are going to have to wait an extra 48 days to find out if they get anything. The likely final hearing in the criminal case stemming from Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butters… Continue Reading

ConAgra sentencing delayed again in Peter Pan Salmonella case

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

Year-long hunt finds almost 200 Peter Pan, Great Value victims

Close to 200 victims of the Salmonella serotype Tennessee outbreak that ended in early 2007 are in line for restitution when ConAgra Grocery Products Co. appears in federal court for sentencing. Credit for finding so many documented victims of a nearly decade-old outbreak goes to federal Judge W. Louis Sands, who has delayed proceedings in… Continue Reading

More victims seek restitution in ’06 peanut butter outbreak

An additional 42 victim statements with supporting documents have been filed with the government over a decade-old Salmonella Tennessee outbreak that was spread by peanut butter made at a ConAgra Grocery Products Co. processing plant in Sylvester, GA. The additional victims statements were submitted June 8, according to Graham A. Thorpe, assistant U.S. Attorney for… Continue Reading

150-plus Peter Pan restitution claims possible in ConAgra case

Since a Salmonella Tennessee outbreak was traced to Peter Pan and certain Great Value peanut butters almost 10 years ago, the government has been looking for victims. That search has delayed the plea hearing and sentencing of ConAgra Grocery Products Co. LLC, which produced the contaminated peanut butter in Sylvester, GA, back in 2006-07. This past July 22,… 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