November 11, 2019

Owner of New England Meat Packing Admits Fabricating E. coli Results

According to the Justice Department, Memet Beqiri, also known as Matt Beqiri, pleaded guilty today in a Hartford federal court to falsifying E. coli test results for his business, New England Meat Packing, LLC. That company is located in Stafford Springs, Connecticut. Mr. Beqiri waived his right to be indicted. According to the USDA's approved Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan for New England Meat Packing, the company must perform one generic E. coli carcass test for every 300 animals slaughtered. They must also periodically collect ground beef samples for E. coli testing. Between November 3, 2016 and September 9, 2017, Beqiri authorized the preparation and submission in the company's Lab Sample Report binder 36 documents relating to 52 separate carcass … [Read more...]

Justice Department Files Complaint Against Food Distributors Euroline Foods and Royal Seafood Baza

The United States Department of Justice of the Eastern District of New York has filed a civil complaint in a federal court in Brooklyn, seeking to permanently enjoin Euroline Foods, LLC, and Royal Seafood Baza, Inc., for violating the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The complaint was filed at the request of the FDA. The suit alleges that those facilities processed and distributed ready-t0-eat fish and fishery products, vegetable salads, and cheese products in a facility that was contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The complaint states that the defendants "failed to put in place adequate measures to reduce the risk of health hazards such as L. monocytogenes, Clostridium botulinum, and scombrotoxin." United States Attorney Donoghue said in a statement, "Food processors … [Read more...]

Food Poisoning Bulletin Breaks Story: Dole Knew About Listeria

On March 10, 2016, Food Poisoning Bulletin broke the story that Dole knew about Listeria contamination in its plant long before this year's deadly listeriosis outbreak that was linked to its salad products. Carla Gillespie submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Food and Drug Administration in February 2016, asking for reports of inspections at Dole facilities, particularly the company's plant in Springfield, Ohio. We were the first news outlet to do so. Now the Justice Department is opening an investigation into that outbreak and how Dole handled it. In the documents we received, the company found Listeria in the plant in early 2014 and "infrequently" in the years before that. In fact, in 2014 Dole recalled many of its bagged salads for possible Listeria monocytogenes … [Read more...]

Roos Foods Pleads Guilty to Charges Stemming from Listeria Outbreak

Roos Foods Inc. has agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor violation of the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) in case brought by the U.S. Department of Justice stemming from a deadly 2014 Listeria outbreak. The company's owners Ana A. Roos and Virginia Mejia, have also agreed to a proposed consent decree of permanent injunction. The outbreak sickened eight people in two states. One of them died. “We must work to ensure that the food we buy is free from dangerous bacteria and is safe to eat,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division.  “The Department of Justice will continue to work aggressively to combat and deter conduct leading to the distribution of adulterated food to consumers.” Listeria … [Read more...]

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