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DOJ invites victims of Salmonella outbreak to criminal hearing

Invitations requiring no RSVPs are out to more than 150 people who suffered from Salmonella Tennessee 10 years ago from contaminated Peter Pan or Great Value peanut butter. They have been invited to the likely final hearing for United States of America v. ConAgra Grocery Products Company LLC. The U.S. Department of Justice’s Victim Notification… Continue Reading

Congresswoman wants FDA to shut down Dole salad plant

The senior Democrat on the U.S. House committee that oversees funding for the Food and Drug Administration wants the agency to shut down the Dole salad facility that is under investigation for a deadly Listeria monocytogenes outbreak. The outbreak spans the U.S. and Canada, was ongoing from May 2015 through spring this year and sickened… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: The big picture is bleak for unsafe food companies

Opinion

Federal Judge W. Louis Sands drew some harsh comments from Food Safety News readers in recent days for his ruling that corporate executives would not have to pay restitution to victims of a deadly Salmonella outbreak traced to peanut butter and related products. I confess, my initial reaction was similar to those readers who wondered why the judge was… Continue Reading

Solicitor General Opinion Favors Colorado’s Marijuana Industry

The Solicitor General of the United Sates says that recreational marijuana is Colorado’s business and there is no need for the U.S. Supreme Court to review claims from Nebraska and Oklahoma that they are owed something because the legal weed is being trafficked beyond the Centennial State’s borders. Nebraska and Oklahoma sued Colorado a year ago… Continue Reading

Vermont Dairy Farm Agrees to Stop Violating Drug Residue Regulations

A Vermont dairy farm family, which has had trouble keeping drug residues from showing up in the meat it sells for human consumption at or below tolerance levels, has agreed to a permanent injunction and consent degree with the federal government. Correia Family Farms was named in a complaint Monday for a permanent injunction brought… Continue Reading

Montana Man Violates Consent Decree By Again Selling Dietary Supplements

Toby McAdam of Livingston, MT, was scheduled for a jury trial beginning tomorrow, but he decided instead to plead guilty to a single count of violating a criminal contempt order under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). McAdam, who made a living for 20 years in the health supplement and alternative health… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Who Cares About Dangerous Supplements?

Opinion

In our continual effort to stay focused, Food Safety News has only given limited attention to the $40-billion-a-year supplements industry. We do care about the damage caused by the low-lifes in the supplement business. We certainly increased our attention this past week when federal agencies, led by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), announced multiple… Continue Reading

DOJ: Consumers Must Remain on Guard About Supplement Risks

Putting out too much information is rarely a problem for the government, but most reports about Tuesday’s announcement by federal agencies of their new and ongoing “sweep” against unlawful dietary supplements overlooked some important consumer information. In addition to the criminal and civil actions made public Nov. 17, 2015, by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the… Continue Reading

Feds Announce ‘Nationwide Sweep’ of Supplement Makers

Seven federal agencies, led by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), have announced joint civil and criminal actions against more than 100 makers and marketers of potentially dangerous dietary supplements, which one official compared to modern-day versions of “snake oil salesman and medical quacks.” The agencies went public Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, with some unsealed federal court indictments, with… Continue Reading

Halal Beef Scheme Could Have Millions of Potential Victims in Asia

Ahead of the yet-to-be scheduled sentencing of the defendants, the government wants to be relieved of the burden of notifying individual victims of a scheme that altered and falsified the true USDA establishment numbers on beef products exported from the United States. Government attorneys have asked the U.S. District Court for Northern Iowa to allow… Continue Reading