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Publisher’s Platform: Time for More Criminal Prosecutions in Food Poisoning Cases?



It has been a busy past several weeks for public health investigators (and lawyers) and uncomfortable (and sometimes deadly) for food poisoning victims, as well as for the management of several companies. Here are just a few of the outbreaks hitting the news: Salmonella Cucumbers: As of Nov. 18, 2015, 838 people infected with the… Continue Reading

Dog Chew Bones Distributed at PetSmart in 9 States Recalled for Salmonella Risk

Blue Buffalo dog bone

Blue Buffalo Company of Wilton, CT, is recalling one production lot of Cub Size Wilderness Wild Chews Bones because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The product was distributed starting Nov. 19, 2015, in PetSmart stores located in the following nine states: California, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and… Continue Reading

Stewart Parnell, Like His Brother, Wants to be Released on Appeal Bond


The former president of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), Stewart Parnell, has embraced several of his brother’s issues on appeal and also asked to be released on bond until those appeals are decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. In a 55-page filing on behalf of Stewart Parnell, Gentry Locke… Continue Reading

Salmonella Found in Raw Milk Sample From New York Farm


Consumers are being warned not to consume unpasteurized raw milk from the Jerry Dell Farm at Freeville in Tompkins County, NY, because it could possibly be contaminated with Salmonella. According to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, no illnesses associated with the product have been reported. A routine sample of the milk… Continue Reading

Ovation Brands Does Not Want To Pay $11.37-Million Salmonella Judgment

Old Country Buffet

A $11.37-million default judgment a Wyoming federal judge recently awarded to a Nebraska man for injuries resulting from Salmonella poisoning should be voided, according to lawyers representing Ovation Brands. Casper, WY, attorneys Scott P. Klosterman and Keith J. Dodson appeared in court Nov. 6 to defend Ovation Brands and Buffets Inc. (doing business as Old Country… Continue Reading

All Five Convicted Former PCA Managers Now in Federal Custody


All five people convicted in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal case are now in federal custody. Samuel Lightsey and Daniel Kilgore, the former plant manager and former operations manager, respectively, for PCA’s ill-fated peanut processing facility at Blakely, GA, have voluntarily surrendered to their assigned federal prisons. Peanut butter and peanut paste from… Continue Reading

Ohio Company Recalls Cereal With Flax Seed Due to Salmonella Risk

Homestat Farm steel cut oats and chia

Homestat Farm of Dublin, OH, is recalling some of its 42-ounce packages only of “Organic Steel Cut Oats & Chia with Flax And Rye Flakes” because the flax seed ingredient has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, The recalled “Organic Steel Cut Oats & Chia with Flax And Rye Flakes” was distributed on a limited basis in Sam’s… Continue Reading

Gluten-Free Cheese Ravioli Recalled for Potential Salmonella Contamination

Conte's Gluten Free Cheese Ravioli

Conte’s Pasta Co. Inc. of Vineland, NJ, has recalled its Gluten Free Cheese Ravioli due to potential Salmonella contamination. No reports illnesses related to the product have been received to date. The following product is included in this recall: • Conte’s Gluten Free Cheese Ravioli, 12 oz., UPC 73415894009 with a use-by date of 020317… Continue Reading

Study: Washing Utensils Between Uses Important for Safer Produce


Poor hygiene and improper food preparation can lead to foodborne illnesses at home. The first step of the government’s safe food handling advice to consumers is to wash hands before and after handling food and clean cutting boards, dishes, utensils and countertops with hot soapy water after preparing each food item. But the U.S. Food… Continue Reading

Ground Flax Seed Meal Sold Online Recalled for Salmonella Risk

My Spice Sage Zenobia label

Zenobia Company LLC of Yonkers, NY, is recalling My Spice Sage Ground Flax Seed Meal because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The product was distributed nationwide through online mail order between the dates of 6/15/15 – 11/4/15. This product is labeled Ground Flax Seed Meal and is packaged in resealable plastic… Continue Reading