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CDC Reports 41 Salmonella Typhimurium Illnesses Linked to Labs


According to a June 5 report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 41 cases of Salmonella Typhimurium since November 2013 have been linked to exposure to various clinical and college and university teaching microbiology laboratories. Of those who became ill, 62 were 21 years old or younger, and 36 percent were… Continue Reading

Judge OKs Use of ‘Highly Prejudicial’ Email at Stewart Parnell’s Upcoming Trial

Defense Objects to Top CDC Official As Expert Witness

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An email said to be “highly prejudicial” to defendant Stewart Parnell because of its potential to “taint the jury pool” may be unsealed at next month’s trial, U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sand has decided. In his ruling, the federal judge in Albany, GA, said Parnell had failed to show good cause for keeping… Continue Reading

Lawsuit Seeks USDA Response to Salmonella as Adulterant Petition


On the third anniversary of filing a petition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to have antibiotic-resistant Salmonella declared an adulterant, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is still waiting for a response. On Wednesday, the consumer advocate group filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia… Continue Reading

Outbreak Salmonella Strain Closes Texas Restaurant

Fuego Tortilla Grill Voluntarily Shuts Down


UPDATE:  Fuego Tortilla Grill reopened Saturday after being closed for 12 hours during which the College Station restaurant under went a deep cleaning. All open and prepared foods on the premises were discarded along with used cutting boards that were being used to cut both raw and cooked chicken. The restaurant has also switched to… Continue Reading

Government Prosecutors, Defense Attorneys Battle Over PCA Pre-Trial Motions


When a defendant wants something excluded at trial and the government wants to include it, both will file a “Motion in Limine” with the judge, usually just before the trial. Often referred to as “threshold” motions, these resulting decisions lay down the ground rules all sides will have to follow at trial. It’s Motions in… Continue Reading

37 Salmonella Cases in 18 States Linked to Frozen Feeder Rodents

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Contact with frozen feeder rodents has been linked to 37 people from 18 states becoming infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium, according to an announcement Tuesday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC noted that the cases were reported between Jan 11 and May 13, 2014, 15 percent of… Continue Reading

Judge Sands: No Separate Trials for the Parnell Brothers


Stewart and Michael Parnell, the brothers who five years ago were running Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) when it was involved with one of the nation’s deadliest foodborne disease outbreaks,  are going to be tried together.  U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands has  denied a motion the brothers made last summer to have their… Continue Reading

Staying Safe When Handling Live Poultry


Yes, baby chicks, ducklings and other poultry that appear in farm stores this time of year are as cute as can be. And, yes, children especially love to hold them and even nuzzle them mouth to beak. Unfortunately, that’s where the danger begins. The reason? No matter how healthy or clean the baby birds may… Continue Reading

‘Daubert Hearing’ Scheduled for Stewart Parnell’s ADHD Witness

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Attorneys for the government and defendant Stewart Parnell have agreed on a date for a “Daubert hearing” to determine the viability of an expert witness ready to testify that the former peanut company executive suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). A “Daubert hearing” is an evidentiary proceeding held by a federal judge to determine… Continue Reading

Latest Motion Asks for Help With Government Documents Before PCA Trial Begins


The former quality-control manager for the now-defunct Peanut Corporation of America processing plant at Blakely, GA, says that her defense cannot make sense out 3 to 4 million documents that could be used at her trial. In the latest motion, federal defense attorney Thomas G. Ledford says his client, Mary Wilkerson, needs access to the… Continue Reading