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New Salmonella case has FDA pondering internet recall issues

Garden of Life provided the label sample on the left to the FDA for posting with its recall notice. As the outbreak linked via DNA to its "Organic Raw Meal" powders spread across the country, the company redesigned its labels and changed the word order in the product name to "Raw Organic Meal" as shown on the right.

More than 20 years after consumers began buying food via the internet, federal officials are considering whether they should develop recall procedures and notification methods specific to online retailers. The novel course of contemplation at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in response to a new Salmonella Virchow case reported by Wisconsin health… Continue Reading

Parnell-Wilkerson appeals held up over access to trial exhibits

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Everybody seems to agree the 900 or so exhibits from a 2014 jury trial should be turned over in one form or another to the three defendants who are appealing their sentences and convictions in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal prosecution. Yet, it has not happened to the satisfaction of the defense. All parties… Continue Reading

California testing confiscated cheese; outbreak continues

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California officials continue to investigate a five-month Salmonella outbreak they believe is connected to Mexican-style soft cheeses and are testing cheese seized from Bakersfield woman’s home. Grace Martinez told BakersfieldNow.com that the 30 packages of cheese officials took from her home were brought to the U.S. by her family members from Sinaloa, Mexico. She sells… Continue Reading

Buffets Inc. bankrupt, may not pay outbreak victim’s damages

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A federal court order demanding payment of $11.37 million to a severely injured Salmonella victim may now be worth nothing more than an invitation to a bankruptcy meeting for unsecured creditors. The March 7 bankruptcy of Texas-based Buffets Inc., its third since 2008, limits the ability of a Nebraska man with life-threatening injures to collect… Continue Reading

Bank gets Parnell house in foreclosure ahead of restitution ruling

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The house that once served as headquarters for Peanut Corporation of America is no longer owned by Stewart and Gloria Parnell. The five-bedroom house with four fireplaces site on five acres and has brick patios and walkways with wide planked Arkansas pine floors. It was acquired through foreclosure by American National Bank and Trust Co…. Continue Reading

CDC declares end to E. coli outbreak linked to fresh sprouts

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An outbreak traced to fresh sprouts appears to be over, according to federal officials who say 11 people in two states were sickened by E. coli bacteria in Jack & The Green Sprouts alfalfa sprouts. Eight people in Minnesota and three in Wisconsin were confirmed with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157, with symptom… Continue Reading

Shell eggs recalled; linked to Salmonella outbreak

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Kenneth Miller Farms is recalling an unknown volume of shell eggs after Ohio officials linked them to a Salmonella enteritidis outbreak initially linked to house-made mayonnaise at Lucky’s Taproom. The recall notice about the eggs from the New Lebanon, OH, farm states the shell eggs were sold direct to consumers and to Lucky’s Taproom and… Continue Reading

Fig & Olive’s layoffs, lawsuits and piles of dirty dishes

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Like those pictures of garbage piling up in the streets of Beirut, the stacks of dirty dishes that were left when the Fig & Olive restaurant chain lost its hot water at its West Hollywood location this past Nov. 17-18 don’t look too appealing. Without hot water, the Fig & Olive on Melrose Place was forced… Continue Reading

Judges grill both sides in DeCosters’ egg sentence appeal

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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

County exec says sick employee caused outbreak; state less sure

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The top official in Estill County Kentucky says a sick restaurant employee caused a Salmonella outbreak that sickened 83, but state officials say the root cause remains unknown. Wallace Taylor, executive judge for Estill County, said Tuesday he “is being told it was narrowed down to an employee” at the Eagles Roost restaurant and bar… Continue Reading