Is Sysco Responsible for Violating Food Safety Laws?

NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit recently learned that “Sysco Corporation rented 14 outdoor public storage units for years and used them as makeshift warehouses for raw meats, milk, and produce destined for restaurants and other clients across Northern California. After weeks of surveillance, the investigative unit questioned Sysco employees about the practice and revealed its findings to restaurant owners all over the Bay Area. The investigation spurred immediate action by state health inspectors. Investigative Vicky Nguyen reports on July 16, 2013.” (Source: Watch Video Coverage On NBC Bay Area . Our newest associate and the most recent addition to the Label Trial Team, Steven Kronenberg, helps those who have suffered food-related injuries and damages related to food allergens, food poisoning, and food fraud/false advertising. Mr. Kronenberg has more than a decade of experience litigating personal injury and product liability cases from their inception through trial and appeal. He provides some valuable insight into the Sysco situation on his blog: “The USDA recommends discarding many perishable foods that have been held above 40 degrees F for more than two hours. Sysco clearly understands this concern, as it tells investors all about the high technology used in its climate-controlled warehouses….If the allegations are proven, “Sysco faces misdemeanor criminal charges and a one thousand dollar fine for each violation,” not including possible customer lawsuits.” Read the rest…

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