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November 17, 2007: Pot Pie Recall – What Went Wrong?

Josh Funk, for Business Week recently wrote:

“The USDA allowed ConAgra Foods Inc. to resume making its Banquet and private label pot pies because the company corrected the flaws in its safety plan at its Missouri plant that inspectors found after the pies were linked to a salmonella outbreak.

Those pot pies were recalled last month after hundreds of people who ate them became ill.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Thursday that ConAgra took action to correct the problems inspectors found after the Oct. 11 recall.

ConAgra announced Wednesday that it had resumed making pot pies at the Marshall, Mo., plant, and the company expects the pies to return to stores sometime in January.

USDA spokeswoman Amanda Eamich said details of the inspectors' findings at the plant would be released only through a formal Freedom Of Information Act request.

Eamich would say only that there was a record-keeping problem and an issue with ConAgra's Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point plan that spells out what the company does to ensure its products are safe.” Opinion – The USDA should be more forthcoming with information regarding the health and safety of American citizens.  We place food on our family tables to provide ourselves and our children sustenance; to help our families stay strong and grow strong.  “Go file a Freedom Of Information Request” is not an answer that serves and protects the public, and begs the question “Is the USDA covering ConAgra’s shortcomings, or its own?”

Additionally, individuals requesting copies of documents and records under the Freedom Of Information Act have waited longer than four years to have their requests answered.  See Judge Sides with Attorney Weinberg – FDA Must Provide Requested Vioxx Documents and Drug, Food Risks Stay Secret as Inquiries to FDA Pile Up.

The Law Firm of Eric Weinberg will be making a “formal Freedom Of Information Act request”, regarding the ConAgra Marshall Mo., plant inspection. Hopefully, there will not be a four year wait for the requested documents.

Eric Weinberg has represented victims of dangerous and defective blood products, medical devices, and food and drug products for over 23 years.  To learn more about our practice see Dangerous and Defective Products Lawyer, or contact us at 1-877-934-6274 (toll free).

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