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Salmonella victims from backyard flocks more than double

The number of people infected this year by Salmonella from contact with so-called backyard poultry flocks has more than doubled since June 1, with 790 victims now confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Almost a third of the victims, 31 percent, are children younger than 5 years old. “In interviews, 409 (or… Continue Reading

DeCosters want to choose where they serve their 3 months

Since the U.S. Supreme Court denied Austin “Jack” and Peter DeCoster’s petition for writ of certiorari on May 22, time has come for the father and son to serve their jail time.  They’d like to self-surrender at a prison of their choosing. At the moment, they are back before the trial judge, Mark W.Bennett in Sioux… Continue Reading

Salmonella outbreak ongoing since November; little known

A Michigan restaurant has temporarily closed while authorities investigate an outbreak of Salmonella saintpaul that has sickened at least 26 people in the state as well as others in Ohio and Illinois. The Oakland County Health Division in Pontiac, MI, did not name the Rochester, MI, restaurant in a notice posted Friday. “The ongoing investigation… Continue Reading

CDC fowl warning: Hundreds sickened by backyard flocks

More than a third of the 372 people infected with Salmonella from backyard flocks so far this year are children younger than 5 years old, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting eight separate outbreaks across 47 states. “These outbreaks are expected to continue for the next several months,” according to a public… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Supreme Court weighs in without a word

High court declines to hear appeals of egg men in cases related to 2010 Salmonella outbreak

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I can hear a bit of silence in the board rooms of America. Monday the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the appeals of Austin “Jack” DeCoster and his son, Peter DeCoster, without comment. In April 2015 U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett sentenced the DeCosters to prison, saying they knew or should have known about the… Continue Reading

Supreme Court will not review DeCoster sentences in egg cases

Austin “Jack” DeCoster, 83, and his 53-year old son Peter DeCoster are not going to get their day in the Supreme Court after all, but instead are likely to spend their summer and fall taking turns doing 3-month prison sentences at the Federal Prison Camp in Yankton, SD. The DeCosters had petitioned the U.S. Supreme… Continue Reading

Wilkerson seeks release on bail as Lightsey gains his freedom

Crimes and consequences in cases of peanut executives and deadly Salmonella outbreak

Samuel Lightsey, the one-time operations manager for the Peanut Corporation of America’s processing plant in Blakely, GA, is out of prison with a new job at a company equipping the peanut industry. Another key figure in the PCA Salmonella saga, 43-year-old Mary Wilkerson, wants to be released from prison pending the outcome of her appeal,… Continue Reading

‘Fry them’ comments in jury room could get Parnells a new trial

Defense lawyers for executives in peanut butter Salmonella trial say jurors had loose lips

The conduct of the 2014 jury that convicted Peanut Corporation of America executives delayed sentencing for about year, but in its final analysis the district court found a new trial based on jury misconduct was not warranted. Appellate attorneys for peanut broker Michael Parnell filed lengthy after-hours arguments Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals… Continue Reading

DeCosters gain another ally as government gets more time

The Supreme Court has granted the government an extra 30 days to respond to request that the high court review a ruling by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that upheld three-month sentences for two former egg executives who were linked to a massive Salmonella outbreak. The new deadline for the Office of the Solicitor General to… Continue Reading

State yanks caterer’s permit; two-thirds of wedding guests sick

An Alabama caterer whose food sickened at least two out of every three guests at a November wedding reception has surrendered his food service permit to state authorities. Darvin McDaniel, operator of Indelible Catering of Moulton, had already been effectively put out of business when Scott Harris, assistant state health officer, issued an emergency order… Continue Reading