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Now It’s Spices

The Seattle Times report on the recall of ground pepper for salmonella:

The Public Health Division says the Union International Food Co. of Union City [California] has launched a spice recall. The ground pepper was under the Lian How and Uncle Chen labels.

There are actual cases in the Pacific Northwest associated with this recall. The spices are imported, and then processed and packaged at the Union City plant. They are sold at retail and to restaurants. Both white and black pepper are being recalled.

March 31, 2009   Comments Off on Now It’s Spices

They Don’t Learn

This was printed in the New York Times: Ex-County Comptroller Fined in Florida

A judge has fined Escambia County’s former comptroller $1,600 but decided against a jail term for the former official, Joe Flowers, who entered a plea of no contest to charges that he mishandled taxpayer money, including a $15 million loss on derivatives.

Mr. Flowers pleaded no contest to four counts of malfeasance in office.

He was accused of purchasing the derivatives, entering into reverse repurchase agreements with brokerage firms to cover up the losses, banking money without open bidding and approving a lease-purchase deal with a computer company — all without authority.

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March 31, 2009   Comments Off on They Don’t Learn