J&F pays for making those ‘Manhattan-style’ bribes to Brazilian officials

As it turned out, Manhattan bank accounts and real estate were critical assets in bribing high government officials in a meat scandal in Brazil. And for that, J&F Investments S.A. has to pay millions to the U.S. government to escape criminal charges in North American for bribing Brazilian politicians and other officials. It was all part of an expensive settlement for the financial entity associated with the Batista family that’s behind JBS S.A.

J&F is the controlling shareholder of JBS S.A., the world’s largest meat company.  It has pleaded to one count of conspiracy in violation of the U.S. Foreign Corruption Practices Act (FCPA), which is associated with the bribery of Brazilian officials and companies.   Under a plea agreement, the U.S. Department of Justice is giving J&F a 50 percent credit for amounts paid to Brazilian authorities, cutting a $256.5 million fine down to $128.3 million.

The publicly-traded JBS S.A. … Read more

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Does sampling, testing make romaine purchased in Canada safer than that in U.S.?

Will it soon be safer to purchase romaine lettuce in Canada than the United States, even if it’s all grown in Californa’s Salinas Valley?

Before anyone could ask that question, the California Leafy Green Marketing Agreement (LGMA) launched a new consumer website claiming to be “the ultimate resource” on “everything you need to know about lettuce and leafy greens.”

Since an Oct. 7 announcement by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Salinas Valley romaine growers have been smarting over the sudden sampling and testing requirements that will remain in effect until the end of the year. According to the California growers, sampling and testing to move romaine into Canada are requirements that will cost consumers more than it’s worth.

The CFIA is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to head off another outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 sourced to romaine lettuce from U.S. growing regions. But … Read more

‘Ineffective trial counsel’ gets Stewart Parnell the hearing that could set him free

U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Q. Langstaff has ordered Stewart Parnell returned to the C.B. King Federal Courthouse in Albany, GA, on Feb. 24, 2021, for a hearing that could lead to freedom for the former peanut executive.

Parnell was sentenced in 2015 to a 28-year  prison term, which he is currently serving at a federal prison in South Carolina. He will be returned to the courtroom where a jury convicted him in 2014 so the federal magistrate can hear oral arguments on a motion to vacate his conviction and sentence on grounds he was denied effective counsel.

Two of Georgia’s most accomplished appellate attorneys, Savannah’s Amy Lee Copeland and Atlanta’s Amy Levin Weil, are representing Parnell in the motion hearing. They will argue that Parnell received ineffective assistance from trial counsel.

Gentry Locke LLP attorney Thomas J. Bondurant Jr. from Roanoke, VA, represented Parnell at trial and will likely … Read more

Fresh produce industry never likes testing such as that now imposed by Canada

The nation’s only produce surveillance program did not survive the first term of the Obama administration. When it did exist, USDA’s Microbiological Data Program (MDP) used to conduct 80 percent of all federal produce testing for foodborne pathogens.

The program paid labs at Land Grant universities to test local produce as it came out of the ground. The national budget for the MDP did not top $5 million, a hardly noticeable amount in Washington D.C.

But from the moment it began during the first Bush administration, the fresh produce lobby wanted the MDP dead. It was too successful, working as a “tripwire,” interrupting fresh produce distributions whenever dangerous pathogens were discovered.

Fresh produce works fast, moving from the field to your dinner plate in only a matter of days, and sometimes hours. Anything that interrupts that fast flow is a problem for the industry.

So if the little MDP was … Read more