History shows few food safety jailings
Source of Article: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/03/03/History_shows_few_food_safety_jailings/UPI-50851236105121/
Published: March 3, 2009 at 1:32 PM
ATLANTA, March 3 (UPI) -- U.S. foodborne illness outbreaks such as the one recently traced to a Georgia peanut plant rarely result in people being jailed, observers say.
Even though nine deaths and nearly 700 illnesses have been attributed to salmonella-laced peanut paste made at the Peanut Corporation of America facility in Blakely, Ga., past instances show few arrests or criminal prosecutions stemming from such outbreaks, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday.
But typical of the results
is a 1998 instance, in which the FDA imposed a $1.5 million fine against
On the other hand, in a 2007 case the president of Atlantis Foods Inc. of Lantana, Fla., drew a 15-month sentence after pleading guilty to a scheme to sell adulterated chicken salad and lobster dip, the newspaper said.
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