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. beach-beat I confess, my initial reaction was similar to those readers who wondered why the judge was worried about how much money prolonged legal proceedings would cost the owners and executives of Peanut Corporation of America. On the surface is it seemed he had forgotten about the nine people who died and the hundreds of others who were
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The federal judge who has presided over the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal case will conduct his likely last hearing in the case today, and the victims of the 2008-09 Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak are waiting for his restitution order.

Judge W. Louis Sands
Judge W. Louis Sands
When the victims were heard prior to sentencing, Randy Napier and Jeff Almer, two men whose mothers were both among the nine fatalities of the outbreak linked to PCA products, suggested to Sands that the Court impose $500,000 in restitution on the criminal defendants for groups that help victims and advocate for
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