Former Executive Could Face Life for Peanuts

7/24/2015 The U.S. Probation Office has recommended that the former owner of Peanut Corporation of America, Stewart Parnell, be sentenced to life in prison for allowing several shipments of peanuts from facilities infected with salmonella. The peanuts led to the deadliest food outbreak in U.S. history from 2008-2009, causing nine deaths and over 700 illnesses

SEC Investigating Diageo LLC, Maker of Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker

7/24/2015 The world’s largest producer of spirits, Diageo, confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is investigating the company for shipping distributors more inventory than they desire in an effort to boost sales totals. The British-based company manufactures many popular brands such as Smirnoff, Crown Royal, Captain Morgan, and Johnnie

House Passes Controversial GMO Labeling Bill

7/23/2015 The House of Representatives passed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (SAFE) on Thursday by a 275-150 vote. While the margin of victory was significant, the bill has been contentiously opposed, with detractors calling it the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” (DARK) Act. Among other provisions geared to classify food products that

FDA Sends C.R. Bard a Stern Warning for Unapproved Devices

7/23/2015 Los Angeles Food and Drug Administration (FDA) compliance officer Dr. Raymond W. Brullo issued a scathing warning letter to Thomas Ring, the CEO of New Jersey-based device manufacturer C.R. Bard. The letter contained a litany of violations regarding several single-use devices for IVC and foreign body retrieval. The letter follows a series of inspections

Ikea Issues Recall for 27 Million Dressers after Deaths of Two Children

7/23/2015 Ikea, the Swedish furniture icon, along with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has recalled seven million dressers from its popular Malm collection, along with 20 million other dressers and chests of drawers following the deaths of two children who were crushed in 2014. Although technically considered a recall, the CPSC and the company’s

FCC Chair gives AT&T/DirecTV Merger Preliminary Approval…with a Catch

7/22/2015 Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), announced his support on Tuesday of AT&T’s $48.5 billion merger with DirecTV. The announcement makes it very likely that the deal will pass any forthcoming regulatory obstacles involved with completing such a massive consolidation. Wheeler’s approval is conditional however; contingent on the willingness of

NHTSA, General Motors both Score Huge Victories in Congress

7/20/2015 Auto safety became political last week  on Capitol Hill as lawmakers debated a series of attachments to a transportation bill to be presented next month. Much of the debate went along partisan lines, with the Republican majority blocking several key measures surrounding the massive auto recall epidemic that has plagued the industry over the

A&P Files for Second Bankruptcy in Five Years

7/20/2015 It appears that a major piece of Americana will be gone within a short period of time. The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, better known for over 150 years as A&P, is likely going out of business for good. The company filed papers late Sunday night for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in U.S.

JP Morgan Agrees to $388 Million Class-Action Settlement for Mortgage-Backed Securities Dealings

On Friday, banking giant JP Morgan Chase agreed to a $388 million settlement to resolve a class-action lawsuit claiming that the company misled investors regarding the stability of $10 billion worth of mortgage-backed securities (MBS). The lead plaintiff in the case was the Fort Worth employees’ retirement fund, along with others including the Northern and Southern

NHTSA Deputy Administrator Friedman Leaves Agency for Energy Department Post

7/17/2015 Deputy administrator David Friedman, who oversaw the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) through the majority of its most challenging year ever, left the agency on Friday to take a position at the U.S. Energy Department. Former NHTSA head David Strickland left the agency in January 2014 to join Venable LLP, a law firm