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Feds waited 8 months to reveal cucumber Salmonella outbreak

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The fourth Salmonella outbreak linked to fresh cucumbers since 2013 sickened people in at least eight states and spurred a national grocery chain to pull mini cucumbers from shelves this past spring — but federal officials didn’t go public about it until this week. In a report dated today, eight months after the outbreak, scientists… Continue Reading

Parnell-Wilkerson appeal sends feds scrambling for more time

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While he is not conceding anything to the appellants, the attorney who’s been assigned to represent the government on the Peanut Corporation of America criminal appeals says he needs more time. John-Alex Romano, the attorney from the Department of Justice’s appellate section for the criminal division, has asked for 60 additional days to prepare and… Continue Reading

Egg men get extra time to file for review with Supreme Court

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Justice Samuel Alito has extended the filing deadline for a petition for a writ of certiorari in the appeal of jail sentences for one-time egg producers Austin (Jack) DeCoster and his son Peter DeCoster. Alito set Jan. 10, 2017, as the new deadline for the DeCoster’s attorney, Peter D. Keisler, to file the writ with the… Continue Reading

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

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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

Seaweed farm linked to Salmonella outbreak recalls products

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Four days after the Hawaii Department of Health reported it ordered a farm to cease and desist distribution of its seaweed because of links to an ongoing Salmonella outbreak, the company posted a recall notice. Marine Agrifuture LLC of Kahuku, HI, is recalling its “Kahuku Ogo,” “Robusta Ogo” and “Kahuku Sea Asparagus” from distributors and… Continue Reading

Hawaii names farm linked to outbreak; recall details sketchy

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A seaweed growing operation in Hawaii is under orders to stop distributing products after a Salmonella outbreak investigation uncovered the pathogen in packing and processing tanks at the farm. The cease and desist order from the Hawaii Department of Health’s sanitation branch was published two days after the health department announced the outbreak had been… Continue Reading

Salmonella outbreak in Hawaii linked to seaweed in raw fish

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More than two dozen people in Hawaii have been infected by Salmonella bacteria in an outbreak that is tentatively linked to seaweed from an unnamed farm on Oahu. The 14 infected people include children and adults, with four victims have such severe symptoms that they required hospitalization, according to the Hawaii Department of Health. “Although… Continue Reading

One child dead; Salmonella outbreak ‘may not have peaked yet’

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A Salmonella outbreak in Europe that may have been ongoing since 2012 is believed to be responsible for the recent death of a child in Croatia and is suspected to be wider spread than originally thought. The outbreak has been traced by multiple countries to eggs from Poland. Recalls are ongoing across Europe and in… Continue Reading

EU members say Salmonella outbreak linked to Polish eggs

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It’s unclear how many members of the European Union received eggs from Poland that have been implicated in an ongoing Salmonella outbreak that began in July 2015 and has sickened almost 150 people. Belgium, France and Germany received some of the eggs, according to information filed with the European Commission’s Rapid Alert System for Food… Continue Reading

DOJ is OK with Supreme Court review of DeCoster sentences

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Government attorneys who just days ago were on the verge of sending Austin “Jack” DeCoster and his son Peter DeCoster to federal prison have now agreed the egg men should remain free long enough to allow the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the case. On behalf of the DeCosters, Peter D. Keisler, the former acting Attorney… Continue Reading