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Appellate judges won’t release Wilkerson... The extended visiting hours for Memorial Day weekend at Federal Correction Institution (FCI) Marianna probably won’t be much consolidation for 43-year-old Mary Wilkerson, who was denied in her second request for release on bail. She remains incarcerated at the western Florida panhandle federal prison. It’s about an hour from Wilkerson’s home in South Georgia. Circuit Judges... Continue Reading

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Publisher’s Platform: Supreme Court weighs in... I can hear a bit of silence in the board rooms of America. Monday the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the appeals of Austin “Jack” DeCoster and his son, Peter DeCoster, without comment. In April 2015 U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett sentenced the DeCosters to prison, saying they knew or should have known about the... Continue Reading

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Correctional Industries recalls more food... An unknown quantity of a wide variety of processed foods ranging from vegan PB&J sandwiches to Halal bologna tray lunches that were distributed to unnamed “external customers” is being recalled by the Washington State Department of Corrections because it was made with contaminated water. The recall, posted May 24 on the Food and Drug Administration’s... Continue Reading

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Eckrich recalls 90,000 pounds of sausage... Nine days after receiving notice that pieces of metal were embedded in a sausage product, Armour Eckrich Meats LLC posted a recall for more than 90,000 pounds of ready-to-eat breakfast sausage distributed to foodservice operations. Distribution centers in Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas received the fully-cooked pork, turkey and beef breakfast sausage items,... Continue Reading

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State says botulism outbreak is limited; FDA... Federal officials won’t discuss it, but state officials doubled down Tuesday on their assertion that a botulism outbreak traced to a California gas station is likely contained. Since late April 10 people have been confirmed with botulism poisoning. One of them, a 37-year-old father of two died. All nine remaining victims are hospitalized and on... Continue Reading

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Presidential bribes likely to slow JBS USA’s... When Federal Police in Brazil moved on several meatpacking plants on March 17, where meat inspectors were suspected of being on the take, no one could have predicted the probe would shortly be felt as far away as Northern Colorado and other North American locations with JBS USA facilities. But that’s where it’s landed, after two... Continue Reading

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Egg rolls sold by Costco in Quebec recalled for... Deliwok Quebec Inc. recalled an undisclosed volume of chicken egg rolls sold by Costco Wholesale stores in Quebec after tests by Canadian officials showed Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The Deliwok Suprême brand “Chicken Egg Rolls” have a best-before date of June 14, so there is concern consumers may have unused portions of the recalled product in their... Continue Reading

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Basil seeds from Vietnam recalled because of... Basil seeds imported from Vietnam and sold by retailers nationwide since October of 2015 are under recall by L.A. Lucky Import & Export Inc., which found Salmonella contamination during routine testing. The importer did not disclose the volume of basil seed implicated in the recall, which includes packets sold from October 2015 through May 15 this... Continue Reading

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Jury selection begins May 31 in Siouxland for... The region where the borders of Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska meet is called “Siouxland.” It has been ever since 20th Century novelist Frederick Manfred, who wrote the acclaimed “Lord Grizzly” and 21 other works of fiction,  came up with the area moniker. Were he still alive, Manfred would enjoy seeing Elk Point, SD,... Continue Reading

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Botulism toxin confirmed in Gehl’s cheese... Health officials have confirmed that cheese sauce sold at a gas station in California was contaminated with the same type of botulism toxin as victims of a deadly outbreak, but there are no plans for a recall. Although the California Department of Public Health did not name the brand of the cheese sauce, an inspector... Continue Reading

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Supreme Court will not review DeCoster... Austin “Jack” DeCoster, 83, and his 53-year old son Peter DeCoster are not going to get their day in the Supreme Court after all, but instead are likely to spend their summer and fall taking turns doing 3-month prison sentences at the Federal Prison Camp in Yankton, SD. The DeCosters had petitioned the U.S. Supreme... Continue Reading

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FDA warning letters target French, Portuguese... A French company that packs olives and garlic and a sardine packer in Portugal are both on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for food safety violations at their facilities. In warning letters dated May 5 and recently made public by FDA, the agency outlined violations and gave the companies 15 working days to... Continue Reading

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Feds expand E. coli warning about Dutch veal... A federal warning about potentially contaminated veal imported from the Netherlands has been expanded to include additional products distributed to restaurants and grocery stores in four states. The warning from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) now covers more than 1,600 pounds of Dutch veal that may be contaminated with Non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing... Continue Reading

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New leadership at USDA, FDA might increase... Poultry, antibiotics, Ionophores and activities with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency were among the subjects of April meetings between Al Almanza, administrator of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), and people outside the federal government. Almanza’s public calendar for April included five meetings, four before Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue was confirmed by the... Continue Reading

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USDA championed new policies in 2016 to reduce... Editor’s note: This essay is a 2017 runner up for the “Publisher’s Award” and was written as part of a food safety litigation class at the University of Arkansas Law School taught by Bill Marler and Denis Stearns of the Seattle law firm MarlerClark LLP. Food waste is sickening. The amount of safe and nutritious food... Continue Reading

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