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Michigan farm recalls shell eggs because of Salmonella

A poultry farm in Michigan is reportedly recalling shell eggs in eight counties because they may be contaminated with Salmonella enteriditis, which was found at the farm during an outbreak investigation. Neither the state agriculture department nor the state health department had posted any information about the recall as of Monday night, but area media… Continue Reading

Alabama Salmonella outbreak linked to chicken, green beans

On Nov. 12, 150 guests dined at a catered event associated with a wedding in Colbert County, AL. At least 99 of those Alabama wedding guests later became sickened and 22 ended up being hospitalized. In a statement posted Monday, the Alabama Department of Public Health stated that all patients are recovering from the foodborne illness. Symptoms have included “vomiting,… Continue Reading

Judges grill both sides in DeCosters’ egg sentence appeal

Two of three judges hearing appeals of the jail sentences handed down to Austin “Jack” DeCoster and Peter DeCoster sounded uncomfortable yesterday with the concept of sending corporate officials to prison for a so-called strict liability case. Lawyers were left arguing whether “this case is that case” or whether, as Department of Justice (DOJ) attorney… Continue Reading

Aspen Foods Expands Recall of Frozen, Raw, Stuffed and Breaded Chicken Entrées

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, that Aspen Foods of Chicago is recalling approximately 561,000 pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken products that appear to be ready-to-eat and may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis. Production codes and descriptions of the recalled products are at the… Continue Reading

Infected Food Handler Responsible for Salmonella Outbreak at Don Antonio’s

An ill food handler was the likely source of the Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak at Don Antonio’s, the popular West Los Angeles Mexican restaurant, that this past March 18-20 infected 23 diners, according to reports from the state and country public health departments. Alternatively referred to as “Restaurant A” by the county and Don Antonio’s in… Continue Reading

CDC: 12 Illnesses Linked to Raw, Frozen, Stuffed Chicken Entrées

Update: This article on the ongoing chicken entreé outbreak was updated on the evening of Wednesday, July 29, to reflect a new case count. Original story below: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its investigation into one of two separate Salmonella outbreaks linked to raw, frozen, stuffed chicken entreés produced by Barber Foods…. Continue Reading

DeCosters Cite 2010 Performance to Help Keep Them Out of Jail

As part of a campaign to keep their clients from serving any prison time, appellate attorneys for Austin (“Jack”) and Peter DeCoster are depicting the roles the former egg producers played in the 2010 Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak as marked by corporate responsibility and cooperation. The picture being painted stands in sharp contrast with the media… Continue Reading

Top Appellate Lawyer Will Try and Keep the DeCosters From Going to Jail

Whether Austin “Jack” and Peter DeCoster can be jailed under Park Doctrine prosecutions — meaning where the government did not have to show they had any knowledge or intent, let alone negligence, regarding food safety infractions involving their businesses — will get a big test starting Monday in St. Louis. The opening briefs from the defendant appellants… Continue Reading