Tomato Farm Says Haphazard FDA Recall Cost It $11M

Law360, New York (June 9, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT) -- A South Carolina vegetable farm sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday, saying it lost $11 million after a 2008 FDA tomato recall that later proved to be unnecessary.

Williams Farms Produce Sales Inc., which grows more than 500 acres of tomatoes in Florida and South Carolina every year, said the FDA recalled tomatoes after a salmonella outbreak, despite the fact that it had no evidence linking the reported cases to tomatoes.

The FDA never identified any contaminated tomatoes, and eventually admitted that tomatoes were not the source of the salmonella contamination, according to Williams Farms' complaint. 

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Assault Libel & Slander


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June 8, 2011

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