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Victims of tainted peanut butter outbreak demand criminal charges

Peanut Corporation of America execs knowingly sent out tainted peanut butter -- that eventually killed people. Will they pay the price? Last Friday, I spoke at the Government Accountability Project Food Integrity Campaign conference. During the lunch break, food safety attorney and advocate Bill Marler hosted a press event with 10 family members of victims of the 2009 salmonella outbreak in peanut butter. Hundreds of companies recalled thousands of products made with peanuts from Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). At least 700 people became ill with salmonella infections after eating those products, and nine died. Earlier that day, Marler and …

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Still drinking diet soda? Don’t be a fashion victim!

Skinny Diet Pepsi: the latest fashion faux pas.At the just-launched Fashion Week in Manhattan, supermodels won't just be sashaying down runways in mind-boggling frocks. They'll also be accessorized with a new invention from Pepsi Co. -- the "skinny can," pictured at right, which (according to a press release) will "make its debut" in the cool palms of fashionistas during the twice-a-year blowout at Lincoln Center. What Pepsi is calling its "taller, sassier" new can, a "celebration of beautiful, confident women," amounts to new packaging for a very old and familiar product: Diet Pepsi. And just what is this thing called …

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