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Food distributor to fork over $19.4 million in settlement – Santa Cruz Sentinel

COSIN PressDemocrat.com July 18, 2014 8:03 AM

Sysco Corp., the country’s largest food distribution company, has agreed to pay nearly $20 million in restitution, costs and penalties to settle a lawsuit accusing it of improperly storing perishable foods, according to the Sonoma County District Attorney’s office.

Ten district attorney’s offices in California, including Sonoma County’s, sued Sysco and its California affiliates in Santa Clara County Superior Court over charges it was holding perishable foods, including seafood, milk and raw meat, illegally in storage sheds that were unregistered or improperly refrigerated.

Sysco’s affiliates deliver food to restaurants, hotels and schools, using a fleet of refrigerated trucks. Last year, according to the District Attorney’s Office, a statewide investigation found Sysco was trucking some items to storage sheds where they were picked up later by employees who then made deliveries using their personal vehicles.

The investigation, conducted by the California Department of Public Health, identified 22 unregistered sites, many of which officials said were unsanitary or poorly refrigerated.

The complaint said such practices violated portions of the state health and safety code and that Sysco made false claims of having state-of-the-art distribution warehouses.

Sysco, which cooperated with the investigation, agreed to pay $15 million in civil penalties and more than $4 million in restitution, including a $1 million contribution to food banks throughout California. The company also agreed on a $3.3 million payment to fund a five-year statewide inspection and enforcement program.

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An NBC television reporter uncovered Sysco’s spoils, and Santa Cruz and Santa Clara County prosecutors led the lawsuit, said Santa Cruz County prosecutor Kelly Walker. It was filed in Santa Clara County. Sysco delivers food to restaurants, hotels and schools, among other businesses, using a fleet of refrigerated food trucks to transport most of its products. “For some small orders, Sysco food trucks would deliver food orders to unrefrigerated sheds for later pick-up by other employees who would then transport the food in their personal unrefrigerated vehicles to commercial customers,” Walker said. Sysco ceased the practice after the news investigation. During a state investigation triggered by the news report, inspectors found that Sysco used 22 unregistered sites in California that stored products such as seafood, milk and raw meat, Walker said.
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food distribution company, along with its seven California affiliates, regularly kept perishable foods such as seafood, milk and raw meat in unrefrigerated sheds, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office. Prosecutors say Sysco food trucks would deliver small food orders to unrefrigerated and unsanitary sheds and then later, the food would then be picked up by employees who would use their personal cars to deliver the food to restaurants, hotels, hospitals and schools. Sysco Corporation, a major food distribution company, has been ordered to pay nearly $20 million in fines and restitution after an investigation revealed the company was improperly storing perishable foods. (Associated Press) Sysco stopped those practices once they were revealed in an NBC Bay Area report, which led to a statewide investigation by the Department of Public Health.
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Sysco to pay nearly $20 million in improper food storage settlement – San Jose Mercury News

Sysco Corporation, a major food distribution company, has been ordered to pay nearly $20 million in fines and restitution after an investigation revealed

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‘American Pickers’ seeking new digs »
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The dirty, rusty treasures and antiques the pickers pull out of these places are not just given a new life they’re saved for future generations to appreciate. We are looking for people with large collections, not folks with just a few items, the producer said. Were planning on being in Pennsylvania in August, so folks should send in their leads as soon as possible. The show follows the pickers in their truck as they go on a mission in search of fascinating and valuable antiques. They are the treasures that have been long forgotten and tucked away in junkyards, storage sheds and barns across the country. The team tracks down items from motorcycles, classic cars and bicycles to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia. Anyone interested in participating in the show and selling items from their home collections can email the producers with a name, telephone number, town, state and the items available, along with pictures of things they think the pickers would find interesting. Information should be sent to [email protected] or call toll-free and leave a message at 855-OLD-RUST (653-7878).
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