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Food safety, animal activists sue Iowa over 2012 ‘ag-gag’ law

Animal activists and the Center for Food Safety sued the state of Iowa in federal court Tuesday, claiming its law to prevent “agriculture production facility” fraud violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The “ag-gag” law hasn’t seen much use in the Hawkeye State since its passage in 2012. Similar laws in other… Continue Reading

Report: About 20-30 Percent of Foodborne Illness Victims File Lawsuits

Approximately 20-30 percent of victims in foodborne illness outbreaks seek legal action against the companies whose products sickened them or their family members, according to an attorney quoted in a May 24 report by the Dallas Morning News. The newspaper interviewed a number of lawyers who specialize in foodborne illness litigation after a complaint was filed last week against Blue… Continue Reading

Nearly 200 People Sue UK Restaurant After Norovirus Outbreak

A restaurant in Exeter in the United Kingdom is facing a lawsuit from 193 diners who say they were sickened with norovirus after eating there just before Easter of this year. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit say that a franchise location of the Toby Pub & Carvery did not immediately shut down after becoming aware of a… Continue Reading

Texas Salmonella Outbreak at 59 Cases; Lawsuit Filed

At least 59 people have reportedly been sickened in a Salmonella outbreak connected in part to the Ten in Texas steakhouse in Dalhart, TX. One of the restaurant’s customers who was sickened, Frances Childers, is filing a lawsuit against the restaurant. Her attorneys say that she suffered from kidney failure, along with abdominal pains, nausea and muscle aches…. Continue Reading

California Woman Sues Deli Over Salmonella Infection

A woman in Ventura County, CA, is suing the delicatessen where she says she contracted a severe Salmonella infection last summer as part of an outbreak that sickened at least 21 people. The woman, Stephanie Wehr, ate at Brent’s Deli in Westlake Village, CA, in early August and began coming down with symptoms of illness the… Continue Reading

Trader Joe’s Named in E. coli Lawsuits

Residents of California and Washington state who allege they fell ill with E. coli infections after eating salads purchased from Trader Joe’s last year have filed lawsuits against the retailer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention counted 33 people from 4 states who fell ill with E. coli infections after eating salads or wraps… Continue Reading

Second Lawsuit Filed Against Salad Maker in Trader Joe’s E. Coli Outbreak

A San Francisco woman has filed a lawsuit against Artherstone Foods, an organic salad and sandwich producers operating as Glass Onion Catering, after the company’s products allegedly sickened her with E. coli O157:H7. According to the complaint, Jessie Withers ate a salad purchased from Trader Joe’s on October 13 and began experiencing symptoms of E…. Continue Reading

Judge Says No More FDA Extensions on FSMA Deadlines

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration may no longer extend deadlines on releasing policies set forth by the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act, according to a ruling by a judge in the U.S. District Court of Northern California. Judge Phyllis Hamilton has sided with the Center for Food Safety (CFS) in a lawsuit against FDA over… Continue Reading

Industry Lawyers Tell Big Food How Not to Get Sued

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Last week I attended a conference in Washington DC with the lofty title: “3rd Advanced Regulatory and Compliance Summit on Food & Beverage Marketing & Advertising.” The event’s main sponsor was the law firm of Faegre Baker Daniels, whose numerous mega-corporate food clients include Cargill, Dean Foods and Nestlé. In addition, the firm represents (under the heading of “crop… Continue Reading