The 52-page Grand Jury indictment of Stewart and Michael Parnell, Samuel Lightsey and Mary Wilkerson tells us a lot more than we knew about now-liquidated Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). The indictment of the four former PCA officials marks a new chapter in the four-year-old drama. It turns to a
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The Peanut Corporation of America shut down in 2009 after a massive outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium linked to its products left the company bankrupt. Evidence that company officials knowingly released contaminated product onto the marketplace first surfaced in February of 2009 following an investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug
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The now-defunct Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. sparked the largest-ever meat recall after egregious, undercover abuse footage was made public in 2008 and now the company has sparked the largest-ever judgement for an animal abuse case. On Friday, the Humane Society of the United States announced it had reached a partial settlement
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Everything I know about the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), I learned from a U.S. District Attorney for Idaho years ago.   He was, I think, taken aback by how little this then-recent J-School, Political Science graduate knew about our federal justice system.


Actually, I knew enough about the the

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) sent a letter Tuesday to the Department of Justice inquiring about the status of the department’s investigation into Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), the company implicated in a massive product recall and Salmonella outbreak in 2008 and 2009.

Thousands of products were recalled

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Tyson Foods Inc.–one of the world’s largest processors and marketers of chicken, beef and pork products–agreed to pay a $4 million criminal penalty to resolve an investigation into improper payments by company representatives to government-employed inspection veterinarians in Mexico.

The announcement was made Thursday by Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer

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