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As Food Safety News editor Dan Flynn has reported, lawyers for Austin “Jack” DeCoster and Peter DeCoster, owners and operators of Quality Egg, have recruited some heavy hitters in their ongoing battle to avoid prison time. Despite pleading guilty to the felony of bribing a public official to approve shipment of bad eggs and the misdemeanor of introducing misbranded or adulterated food into interstate commerce, the DeCosters have challenged the decision by U.S. District Court…
The food industry was rocked by last month’s news that the U.S. Probation Office for the Middle District of Georgia has recommended a life sentence for Stewart Parnell, former CEO of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), following his multiple-felony conviction for knowingly selling tainted peanut butter that ended up killing nine people. Some are evincing shock and dismay at the harshness of the proposed penalties — a reaction that perfectly reflects the insulated world…