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Law360 Quotes Angela Spivey on Uptick in Criminal Prosecution of Food Industry Executives

January 5, 2015

A January 2 article, “Food & Beverage Cases To Watch In 2015,” discusses a number of cases, including the conviction of three former peanut company executives on charges related to the sale of salmonella-tainted peanuts. In quoted material, Angela Spivey notes that the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have indicated that they will use misdemeanor prosecutions under the Park Doctrine of the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act against corporate officers for alleged violations. The Park Doctrine allows the government to prosecute food industry executives for failing to correct or prevent food safety violations related to the distribution of tainted or misbranded food, medical devices and drugs – even if the executives didn’t know about the act in question. Subscribers can read the full text of the article at www.law360.com.