Food crimes

Posted by Christine, August 5, 2011

The owner of a Venice health food market and two other people were arrested on charges related to the allegedly unlawful production and sale of unpasteurized dairy products, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said.

The arrests of James Cecil Stewart, Sharon Ann Palmer and Eugenie Bloch on Wednesday marked the latest effort in a government crackdown on the sale of so-called raw dairy products.

No one got sick, and all the participants knew what they were offering and what they were buying. On the other hand,

More than 36 million pounds of fresh and frozen ground turkey are being voluntarily recalled by food giant Cargill Inc. because of the possibility of salmonella contamination.

Health authorities say the poultry could be contaminated with Salmonella Heidelberg, a strain of salmonella that killed a California man and caused the illness of 79 others.

Cargill said the ground turkey was produced at the company’s Springdale, Ark., facility between Feb. 20 and Aug. 2. Production at the plant has been suspended.

There isn’t any suggestion that anyone will be held to account, much less arrested, for poisoning at least 79 people, killing one of them thus far. Government officials intent on protecting the public need to turn their attention to other food criminals.

The LA Times illustrated its story with a photo of Bronze turkeys outdoors in a pen. Cargill turkeys aren’t raised that way. They are Broad Breasted White turkeys raised entirely indoors in crowded sheds like the photo posted here.

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