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FDA Makes an Example of Colorado Farm Responsible for 2011 Listeria Outbreak

The Food and Drug Administration recently filed criminal charges against the owners of Jensen Farms, the family-owned Colorado farm responsible for the deadly 2011 listeria outbreak.  On September 24, 2013, brothers Ryan and Eric Jensen were charged with six counts each of misdemeanor Adulteration of a Food and Aiding and Abetting (21 U.S.C. § 331(a) and 18 U.S.C. § 2). Notably, the burden of proof on the misdemeanor charges is relatively low—the FDA need not prove the Jensens acted with knowledge, intent, or even negligence;…

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