Sysco To Pay Nearly $20 Million In Improper Food Storage Settlement With Bay Area Counties – Contracostatimes.com

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

Sysco Corporation, the largest U.S. 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. “It is not a luxury for our food to be handled with the utmost professional care to ensure that it is not dangerous,” District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a statement. “That is your right and that is the law.” Sysco agreed to pay $15 million in penalties, and more than $4 million in restitution, including a $1 million food contribution to food banks throughout California and $3.3 million for the cost of a five-year, statewide program that will fund food transportation inspectors.
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Santa Cruz FOOD DISTRIBUTOR ORDERED TO PAY NEARLY $20 MILLION IN SETTLEMENT >> > A lawsuit settled with the nation’s largest food distribution company, Sysco Corp., means the firm and its California companies must fork over $19.4 million in restitution, costs and penalties after it kept perishable foods in unrefrigerated and unregistered storage sheds. 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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Rabid Raccoons Prompt Questions About Princeton’s Animal Control | Town Topics

Homeowners whose pets roam outside unattended should make sure their animals receive a rabies booster shot if they havent been immunized within the last year. Rabies is transmitted from infected mammals to humans or animals usually through a bite, but scratches and saliva contact with broken skin or mucous membranes are also possible routes, said Princeton Health Officer Jeffrey Grosser in a press release issued Monday. Any person who has had direct contact with a raccoon may have been exposed to rabies and should contact his/her doctor as soon as possible. A separate release from the Princeton Police Department directs anyone who has handled a raccoon in the area of Pretty Brook Road to contact the Princeton Police Department as soon as possible. Residents are reminded not to handle wildlife under any circumstances, the release states. Should anyone see any wildlife that is injured or appears to be out of place, please contact the Princeton Police Department at (609) 921-2100. The official statements come after a Princeton woman found a baby raccoon lying on Pretty Brook Road on June 4. The area resident transported the animal to the Mercer County Wildlife Center in Hopewell, where it later died. According to Princeton Police, an examination undertaken by the state laboratory showed that the animal tested positive for rabies.
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