Case Law Index Food Safety

January 1, 1995 – March 1, 2011


This index provides a comprehensive though not necessarily exhaustive compilation of reported and unreported federal and state court decisions involving Food Safety that were decided between the dates listed above. The cases are listed in reverse chronological order.The “Text” link goes to the freely available Google Scholar text of the opinion.  These listings are for educational purposes only, and are not a substitute for legal counsel.



Nat’l Starch & Chem. Trading Co. v. M/V Star Inventana, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 88722 (D. Me. 2006) (escherichia coli case)

Roney v. Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers of New York, Inc., 2006 WL 696251 (D. Me. 2006) (tort claim regarding undercooked hamburger at a fast food restaurant)

United States v. Greenburg, 410 F.3d 63 (1st Cir. 2005) (illegal meat-packaging scheme)  Text

Rubin v. Coors Brewing Co., 514 U.S. 476 (1995) (challenging the constitutionality of the Federal Alcohol Administration Act)  Text

Goya de Puerto Rico, Inc. v. Munoz-Munoz, 136 F. Supp. 2d 9 (D. P.R. 2001) (regulation of canning and importation of pigeon peas)  Text

Nw. Selecta, Inc. v. Munoz, 106 F. Supp. 2d 223 (D.P.R. 2000) (constitutionality of requirements of federal inspection certificate)  Text

United States v. Varela-Cruz, 66 F. Supp. 2d 274 (D. P.R. 1999) (adulteration of milk with water and salt)  Text

United States v. Vidal-Cruz, 67 F. Supp. 2d 35 (D. P.R. 1999) (delivery of milk adulterated with of water and salt)  Text

United States v. Randazzo, 80 F.3d 623 (1st Cir. 1996) (adulteration and mislabeling of shrimp)  Text



Mest v. Naguib, No. 08-CV-00416A(F), 2010 WL 1644189 (W.D.N.Y. March 30, 2010) (suit against USDA for failure to follow proper inspection procedures)

Allen v. Robert’s Am. Gourmet Food, Inc., No. 07-CV-2661 (NGG)(ETB), 2009 WL 2951980 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 8, 2009) (settlement for claims of salmonella in infants’ food)

N.Y. State Rest. Ass’n v. N.Y.C. Bd. of Health, 545 F.Supp.2d 363 (S.D.N.Y. 2008) (denying stay of enforcement of caloric posting rule pending appeal)  Text

N.Y. State Rest. Ass’n v. N.Y.C. Bd. of Health, No. 08 Civ. 1000(RJH), 2008 WL 1752455 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 16, 2008) (denying injunction to stop required posting of caloric content at restaurants)

N.Y. State Rest. Ass’n v. N.Y.C. Bd. of Health, 509 F.Supp.2d 351 (S.D.N.Y. 2007) (city’s requirement for posting of calorie content on menus was preempted)  Text

Bennett v. Hannelore Enters., 296 F.Supp.2d 406 (E.D.N.Y. 2003) (listeria bacteria)  Text

Baur v. Veneman, 352 F.3d 625 (2d Cir. 2003) (use of downed livestock for human consumption)  Text

Legal Sea Foods, Inc. v. Calise. 2003 WL 21991588 (S.D.N.Y. 2003) (HAACP programs as proprietary information)

Kraft Foods N. Am., Inc. v. Rockland County Dep’t of Weights & Measures, 2003 WL 554796 (S.D.N.Y. 2003) (net weight inspection practices)

United States v. Blue Ribbon Smoked Fish, Inc., 179 F. Supp. 2d 30 (E.D. N.Y. 2001) aff’d, 56 F. App’x. 542 (2d Cir. 2003) (adulterated fish products)  Text

Nasik Breeding & Research Farm Ltd. v. Merck & Co., Inc., 165 F. Supp. 2d 514 (S.D. N.Y. 2001) (sale of allegedly diseased breeding chickens)  Text

Ruggiero v. Perdue Poultry Co., 96 CIV. 4929 (BSJ), 1997 WL 811530 (S.D. N.Y. Sept. 29, 1997) (consumer’s action against turkey manufacturer)

United States v. 910 Cases, More or Less, of an Article of Food, 96 CV 3575 (SJ), 1997 WL 375746 (E.D. N.Y. July 1, 1997) (food adulterated by operator of warehouse)

Int’l Dairy Foods Ass’n v. Amestoy, 92 F.3d 67 (2d Cir. 1996) (milk labeling)  Text

United States v. Eight Unlabeled Cases, More or Less, of an Article of Food, 909 F. Supp. 129 (E.D. N.Y. 1995) (import of contaminated and mislabeled mushrooms and fish)   Text



Corbi v. Harrah’s Hotel & Casino, No. 08-5875 (RBK/JS), 2010 WL 4226523 (D. N.J. Oct 21, 2010) (salmonella poisoning from casino)

Travelers Indem. Co. v. Dammann & Co., Inc., 592 F.Supp.2d 752 (D.N.J. 2008) (breach of contract; selling contaminated vanilla beans)  Text

In re Pet Food Products Liab. Litig., No. 07-2867 (NLH), 2008 WL 4937632 (D.N.J. Nov. 18, 2008) (approval of class action settlement agreement)

Fellner v. Tri-Union Seafoods, LLC, 539 F.3d 237 (3rd Cir. 2008) (failure to warn)  Text

Moyer Packing Co. v. U.S., 567 F.Supp.2d 737 (E.D. Pa. 2008) (negligent inspection of meat packer by USDA)  Text

Solae, Inc. v. Hershey Can., Inc., 557 F.Supp.2d 452 (D. Del. 2008) (liability for damages caused by product recall)  Text

Langan v. BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64673 (D.N.J. 2006) (escherichia coli case)

Winnicki v. Bennigan’s, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5568 (D.N.J. 2006) (escherichia coli case)

Drayton v. Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., 2004 WL 765123, (E.D. Pa. 2004) (listeria moncytogenes contamination)

Tittensor v. County of Montgomery, 2003 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18159 (D. Pa. 2003) (escherichia coli case)

Etienne v. United Corp., CIV. 205/1999, 2001 WL 1568598 (Terr. V.I. Oct. 15, 2001) (food borne illness claim)

Hillcrest Sales, Inc. v. Chilean Line, Inc., CIV.A. 96-7177, 1998 WL 961894 (E.D. Pa. Dec. 18, 1998) (“improper delivery” of lemons)

Fisher Bros. Sales, Inc. v. United States, 46 F.3d 279 (3d Cir. 1995) (cyanide in Chilean fruit)  Text



Griffin v. Wilcohess, No. 0:10-489-JFA, 2010 WL 3803695 (D. S.C. Sept. 23, 2010) (plaintiff did not provide food poisoning was contracted from defendant’s preparation practices)

In re Peanut Corp. of Am., No. 6:10-cv-00027, 2010 WL 3463214 (W.D. Va. Sept. 1, 2010) (disbursement of claims following wide-spread salmonella poisoning)

Rhone-Poulenc Agro S.A. v. Monsanto Co., 445 F. Supp. 2d 531, 535 (D.N.C. 2006) (seed patent case regarding escherichia coli contamination)  Text

S. Wallace Edwards & Sons, Inc. v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., 353 F.3d 367 (4th Cir. 2003) (damaged meat from an ammonia leak at a storage facility)  Text

Dawkins v. United States, 226 F. Supp. 2d 750 (D.N.C. 2002) (FSIS responsibilities)  Text

So. States Coop. v. I.S.P. Co., 198 F. Supp. 2d 807 (D. W.Va. 2002) (animal feed)  Text

Kelly v. Fullwood Foods, Inc., 111 F. Supp. 2d 712 (D. Md. 2000) (injuries sustained from contaminated food)  Text

Gross v. King David Bistro, Inc., 83 F. Supp. 2d 597 (D. Md. 2000) (injuries sustained from contaminated fish salad)  Text

Gross v. King David Bistro, Inc., 84 F. Supp. 2d 675, 676 (D. Md. 2000) (shigella bacteria contamination )  Text



Empacadora de Carnes de Fresnillo, S.A. de C.V. v. Curry, 476 F.3d 326 (5th Cir. 2007)(state ban on horse slaughter for human consumption upheld)  Text

In re Supreme Beef Processors, Inc., 468 F.3d 248 (5th Cir. 2006) (sovereign immunity claims)  Text

Invitrogen Corp. v. Biocrest Mfg., L.P., 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 28975 (D. Tex. 2004) (patent infringement case regarding escherichia coli cell replication)

Zayler v. United States, 279 F. Supp. 2d 805 (D. Tex. 2003) (FSIS declaration of unsafe beef)  Text

Supreme Beef Processors, Inc. v. USDA, 275 F.3d 432 (5th Cir. 2001) (meat inspection)  Text

Supreme Beef Processors, Inc. v. U.S. Dep’t of Agric., 275 F.3d 432 (5th Cir. 2001) (salmonella tests in determining plant’s insanitation)  Text

Verzwyvelt v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co., 175 F. Supp. 2d 881 (W.D. La. 2001) (listeria bacteria case)  Text

Texas Beef Group v. Winfrey, 201 F.3d 680 (5th Cir. 2000) (a dispute over “mad cow disease”)   Text

Fuggins v. Burger King, 760 So. 2d 605 (action to recover for food poisoning caused by a hamburger)  Text

Supreme Beef Processors, Inc. v. U.S. Dep’t of Agric., 3-99-CV-2713-G, 1999 WL 33117235 (N.D. Tex. Dec. 20, 1999) (dispute over the USDA’s authority to withdraw inspection services)

United States v. Approximately 700 Pounds of Lamb Meat Products, CIV. A. 97-1459, 1997 WL 564010 (E.D. La. Sept. 8, 1997) (adulterated meat products)

United States v. Food, 2,998 Cases, 64 F.3d 984 (5th Cir. 1995) (import of adulterated mushrooms)  Text



Honeybaked Foods, Inc. v. Affiliated FM Ins. C., No. 3:08CV01686, 2011 WL 834067 (N.D. Ohio March 4, 2011) (insurance coverage dispute for losses due to tainted food products)

Int’l Dairy Foods Ass’n v. Boggs, 622 F.3d 628 (6th Cir. 2010) (USDA regulation requiring labeling of dairy products with regard to artificial hormones, pesticides, or antibiotics)  Text

Furline v. Michigan Turkey Producers Co-op, No. 1:10-cv-522, 2010 WL 3273126 (W.D. Mich. Aug. 19, 2010) (boy injured by ingesting needle lodged in hotdog)

N. Am. Deer Farmers Ass’n v. Gassett, No. 3:08-04-DCR, 2008 WL 4148907 (E.D. Ky. Sept. 2, 2008) (statute to prevent chronic wasting disease)

Crestview Parke Care Ctr. v. Thompson, 373 F.3d 743 (6th Cir. 2004) (nursing home claim regarding sanitary food service)  Text

Dailey v. Veneman, 2002 WL 31780191 (6th Cir. 2002) (constitutional challenge to Federal Meat Inspection Act and Poultry Products Inspection Act)

United States v. Turner, 50 F. Supp. 2d 687 (E.D. Mich. 1999) (violation of labeling and sanitation requirements)  Text

Casteel v. Sara Lee Corp., 51 F. Supp. 2d 816 (E.D. Mich. 1999) (class action products liability suit)  Text

United States v. Crouse, 145 F.3d 786 (6th Cir. 1998) (adulterated orange juice)  Text

United States v. Mays, 77 F.3d 906 (6th Cir. 1996) (adulterated food sales)  Text

United States v. Union Cheese Co., 902 F. Supp. 778 (N.D. Ohio 1995) (adulteration of cheese)  Text

United States v. Tuente Livestock, 888 F. Supp. 1416 (S.D. Ohio 1995) (adulterated food in interstate commerce)  Text

United States v. Mays, 69 F.3d 116 (6th Cir. 1995) (orange juice adulterated with sugar)  Text



Elanco Animal Health v. Archers Daniel Midland, Co., No. 1:08-cv-386-RLY-TAB, 2008 WL 4099881 (S.D. Ind. Sept. 4, 2008) (liability for failure to properly clean truck)

Campbell v. Supervalu, Inc., 565 F.Supp.2d 969 (N.D. Ind. 2008) (statute of limitations barred claims against seller of tainted meat)  Text

Cavel Int’l, Inc. v. Madigan, 500 F.3d 551 (7th Cir. 2007) (state ban on horse slaughter for human consumption upheld)  Text

Campbell v. Supervalu, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 25023 (N.D. Ind. 2007) (escherichia coli case)

United States v. LaGrou Distrib. Sys., 466 F.3d 585 (7th Cir. 2006) (knowing improper storage of poultry, meat, and food products)   Text

McRoy v. Sheahan, 2006 WL 2714836 (N.D. Ill. 2006) (food handling procedures at correctional facility)

Pena v. Am. Meat Packing Corp., 258 F.Supp.2d 864 (N.D. Ill. 2003) (USDA violations and employment claim)  Text

United States v. Mantas, 274 F.3d 1127 (7th Cir. 2001) (improperly storing of poultry and meat products)  Text

Hayden v. Bryan, 99 C 785, 1999 WL 104156 (N.D. Ill. Feb. 24, 1999) (jurisdiction in food borne illness case)

Stauber v. Shalala, 895 F. Supp. 1178 (W.D. Wis. 1995) (application of bovine growth hormone drug)  Text



True v. Conagra Foods, Inc., No. 07-00770-CV-W-DW, 2011 WL 176037 (W.D. Mo. Jan 4, 2011) (class certification in pot pie salmonella case)

Farm-To-Consumer Legal Defense Fund v. Sebelius, 734 F.Supp.2d 668 (N.D. Iowa 2010) (challenge to FDA regulations of milk sold in interstate commerce)

In re Bisphenol-A Polycarbonate Plastic Prods. Liab. Litig., MDL No. 1967, No. 08-1967-MD-W-ODS, 2009 WL 3762965 (W.D. Mo. Nov. 9, 2009) (federal preemption; regulation of food additive)

United States v. Captain’s Select Seafood, Inc., No. 0:08-CV-1658 (PJS/RLE), 2009 WL 398081 (D. Minn. Feb. 17, 2009) (moving enjoin processor from operating until proper HACCP approved)

United States v. 8,800 Pounds of Powdered Egg White Prod., 551 F.3d 759 (8th Cir. 2008) (destruction of powdered egg whites illegally imported into U.S.)  Text

Ranchers Cattlemen Action Legal Fund v. U.S. Dep’t of Agric., 566 F.Supp.2d 995 (D.S.D. 2008) (granting injunction to stop USDA from removing import restrictions on Canadian beef)  Text

United States v. 8,800 Pounds of Powdered Egg White, No. 1:044CV76 RWS, 2007 WL 2955571 (E.D. Mo. Oct. 5,2007) (importation of eggs without a permit)

Neb. Beef, Ltd. v. U.S. Dep’t of Agric., No. 803CV174, 2007 WL 2344819 (D. Neb. Aug. 15, 2007) (claim of biased and arbitrary meat inspection)

Saul v. Dominiack, 2007 WL 2682526 (N.D. Iowa 2007) (escherichia coli food poisoning)

Barnes v. United States, 448 F.3d 1065 (8th Cir. 2006) (FSIS’s tort immunity)   Text

Neb. Beef, Ltd. v. Greening, 398 F.3d 1080 (8th Cir. 2005) (Bivens remedy availability)  Text

United States v. Jorgensen, 144 F.3d 550 (8th Cir. 1998) (misbranding convictions)  Text

Truth in Labeling Campaign v. Shalala, 999 F. Supp. 1289 (E.D. Mo. 1998) (identification of monosodium glutamate (MSG) on food labels)  Text

Nat’l Bank of Commerce v. Associated Milk Producers, Inc., 22 F. Supp. 2d 942 (E.D. Ark. 1998) aff’d sub nom. Nat’l Bank of Commerce of El Dorado v. Associated Milk Producers, Inc., 191 F.3d 858 (8th Cir. 1999) (failure to show that contaminated milk caused laryngal cancer)  Text

Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co. v. Scottsdale Ins. Co., 968 F. Supp. 444 (E.D. Ark. 1997) (insured’s sales of contaminated food)   Text

Kenney v. Glickman, 96 F.3d 1118 (8th Cir. 1996) (challenging regulation governing meat and poultry processing)  Text



Paramount Farms v. Ventilex B.V., No. CV F 09-1027 LJO SKO, 2010 WL 3943599 (E.D. Cal. Oct. 4, 2010) (attempts to delay trial regarding almond pasteurization system)

Paramount Farms, Inc. v. Vintelex B.V., 735 F.Supp.2d 1189 (E.D. Cal. 2010) (pasteurization of almonds)

Ctr. for Food Safety v. Vilsack, No. C 08-00484, 2010 WL 3222482 (N.D. Cal. Aug. 13, 2010) (decision to deregulate genetically engineered sugar beets)

Campbell v. Cal. Dep’t of Corrections and Rehabilitation, No. CIV S-07-1419 WBS GGH P, 2010 WL 3238911 (E.D. Cal. Aug. 12, 2010) (unsanitary food preparation and handling at state prison)

Yumul v. Smart Balance, No. CV 10-00927 MMM (AJWx), 2010 WL 3359663 (C.D. Cal. May 24, 2010) (misleading claims regarding cholesterol by margarine manufacturer)

Meaunrit v. ConAgra Foods Inc., C 09-02220 CRB, 2010 WL 2867393 (N.D. Cal. July 20, 2010) (bacterial contamination of microwavable dinner)

Newkirk v. ConAgra Foods, Inc., 727 F.Supp.2d 1006 (E.D. Wash. 2010) (alleged health problems from popcorn butter flavoring)

Meaunrit v. The Pinnacle Foods Group, LLC, No. C 09-04555 CW, 2010 WL 1838715 (N.D. Cal. May 05, 2010) (misrepresentation and adulteration of frozen dinners)

United States v. Organic Pastures Dairy Co., 708 F.Supp.2d 1005 (E.D. Cal. 2010) (sale of raw milk in interstate commerce)  Text

Nat’l Meat Ass’n v. Brown, 599 F.3d 1093 (9th Cir. 2010) (no federal preemption of state slaughter law)  Text

Nat’l Meat Ass’n v. Brown, No. CV-F-08-1963 LJO DLB, 2009 WL 426213 (E.D. Cal. Feb. 19, 2009) (preemption of state meat packing law; granting preliminary injunction)

Levine v. Conner, 540 F.Supp.2d 1113 (N.D. Cal. 2008) (exclusion of poultry and turkeys from Humane Slaughter Act)  Text

Ortiz v. Menu Foods, Inc., 525 F.Supp.2d 1220 (D. Haw. 2008) (contaminated pet food class action suit)  Text

Ranchers Cattlemen Action Legal Fund v. U.S. Dep’t of Agric., 499 F.3d 1108 (9th Cir. 2007) (upholding final BSE rule)  Text

Levine v. Johanns, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 63667 (N.D. Cal. 2006) (humane slaughter)

Ctr. for Food Safety v. Johanns, 451 F.Supp.2d 1165 (D. Haw. 2006) (genetically modified corn and sugar cane)  Text

Geertson Farms, Inc. v. Johanns, 439 F. Supp. 2d 1012 (N.D. Cal. 2006) (challenge to genetically-engineered alfalfa deregulation)  Text

Thacker v. Kroger Co., 155 Fed. Appx. 946 (8th Cir. 2005) (escherichia coli case)

Ranchers Cattlemen Action Legal Fund United Stockgrowers of Am. v. USDA, 2005 U.S. App. LEXIS 17360 (9th Cir. 2005) (BSE final rule case, amended)

Ranchers Cattlemen Action Legal Fund United Stockgrowers of Am. v. USDA, 415 F.3d 1078 (9th Cir. 2005) (BSE final rule)  Text

Ranchers Cattlemen Action Legal Fund v. U.S. Dep’t of Agric., 2004 WL 1151970 (D. Mont. 2004) (challenge to mad cow regulation)

In re Wash. State Apple Adver. Comm’n, 257 F.Supp.2d 1290 (D. Wash. 2003) (constitutionality of assessments collection)  Text

Vons Cos. v. Aetna Cas. & Sur. Co., 58 F.App’x 689 (9th Cir. 2003) (escherichia coli outbreak)

United States v. Narte, 197 F.3d 959 (9th Cir. 1999) (violation of state sanitary shellfish laws)  Text

Shamrock Farms Co. v. Veneman, 146 F.3d 1177 (9th Cir. 1998) (dispute over milk composition standards)  Text

Wilson v. U.S. Dep’t of Agric., 104 F.3d 366 (9th Cir. 1996) (withdrawing meat inspection services)  Text

Chidsey v. Buffets, Inc., CIV. 95-383-FR, 1996 WL 172734 (D. Or. Apr. 9, 1996) (food borne illness claim)



United States ex rel. Bahrani v. Conagra, Inc., No. 00-cv-1077 JLK-KLM, 2009 WL 2766805 (D. Colo. Aug. 28, 2009) (awarding attorneys’ fees; claim of altering export certificates)

United States ex rel. Bahrani v. Conagra, Inc., 465 F.3d 1189 (10th Cir. 2006) (USDA export certificate obligations)  Text

United States v. Swan, 100 F.App’x 727 (10th Cir. 2004) (violation of Lacey Act)

Bullington v. IBP, Inc., 49 F.App’x 870 (10th Cir. 2002) (corporation, meat inspector, and USDA at fault for inspector’s injuries)

Murphy v. SmithKline Beecham Animal Health Group, 898 F. Supp. 811 (D. Kan. 1995) (dispute over diseases in cattle)  Text

Mineral Res. Int’l v. U.S. Dep’t of Health & Human Services, 53 F.3d 305, 306 (10th Cir. 1995) (challenging the validity of labeling regulation)  Text



Fitzer v. American Inst. of Baking, Inc., No. CV 209-169, 2010 WL 1955974 (S.D. Ga. May 13, 2010) (food poisoning from contaminated peanut butter)

In re Conagra Peanut Butter Prods. Liab. Litig., 251 F.R.D. 689 (N.D. Ga. 2008) (salmonella bacteria in peanut butter)

IBP, Inc. v. Hady Enters., 267 F. Supp. 2d 1148 (D. Fla. 2002) (false designations of origin violating 15 U.S.C.S. § 1125)  Text

United States v. Sigma Int’l, Inc., 244 F.3d 841 (11th Cir. 2001) reh’g en banc granted, opinion vacated, 287 F.3d 1325 (11th Cir. 2002) (adulteration of imported shrimp)  Text

Dunkin’ Donuts Inc. v. Kashi Enterprises, Inc., 106 F. Supp. 2d 1325 (N.D. Ga. 2000) (violations of sanitation and safety requirements)  Text

United States v. 302 Cases, 321 Cases, & 420 Cases, More or Less of Frozen Shrimp, Currently Located at Americold Corp., 25 F. Supp. 2d 1358 (M.D. Fla. 1998) (motion to re-export contaminated shrimp to country of origin)  Text

United States v. 302 Cases, 321 Cases, & 420 Cases, More or Less of Frozen Shrimp, Currently Located at Americold Corp., 25 F. Supp. 2d 1352 (M.D. Fla. 1998) (adulterated shrimp)  Text



Abedrabbo v. Topps Meat Co., No. 09-01838, 2010 WL 5157890 (D. D.C. Dec. 21, 2010) (E.coli-contaminated ground beef)

Koretoff v. Vilsack, 614 F.3d 532 (D.C. Cir. 2010) (regulation requiring treatment of almonds to prevent salmonella outbreaks)  Text

Nat’l Corn Growers Ass’n v. E.P.A., 613 F.3d 266 (D.C. Cir. 2010) (revoking all “tolerances,” under FDCA for carbofuran residue)  Text

Koretoff v. Vilsack, 626 F.Supp.2d 4 (D.D.C. 2009) (challenging USDA regulation to require treatment of raw almonds)  Text

Koretoff v. Vilsack, 601 F.Supp.2d 238 (D.D.C. 2009) (challenging regulations for the treatment of raw almonds)  Text

Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, L.L.C. v. U.S. Dep’t of Agric., 539 F.3d 492 (D.C. Cir. 2008) (denial of mad cow testing on all cattle slaughtered)  Text

Munsell v. U.S. Dep’t of Agric., 509 F.3d 572 (D.C. Cir. 2008) (claim of retaliatory actions by USDA inspectors)  Text

Humane Soc. of U.S. v. Johanns, 2007 WL 1810103 (D.D.C. 2007) (ante-mortem horse slaughter inspection system)

Humane Soc. of U.S. v. Johanns, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27674 (D.D.C. 2007) (interim final rule regarding horse slaughterhouse inspections)

Humane Soc. of U.S. v. Johanns, 520 F. Supp.2d 8 (D.D.C. 2007) (ante-mortem horse slaughter inspection system)  Text

Int’l Ctr. for Tech. Assessment v. Johanns, 473 F. Supp. 2d 9 (D.D.C. 2007) (Plant Protection Act)  Text

Consumer Fed’n of Am. v. U.S. Dep’t of Agric., 455 F.3d 283 (D.D.C. 2006) (FOIA request during pending food-safety rule)  Text

Munsell v. U.S. Dep’t of Agric., 435 F. Supp. 2d 149 (D.D.C. 2006) (suspension of USDA inspections)  Text

Int’l Ctr. for Tech. Assessment v. Thompson, 421 F. Supp. 2d 1 (D.D.C. 2006) (NEPA and unregulated commercialization of genetically engineered fish)  Text

Consumer Fed’n of Am. v. U.S. Dep’t of Agric., 383 F. Supp. 2d 1 (D.D.C. 2005) (interim final rule regarding Listeriamonocytogenes exposure)  Text

AFGE v. Veneman, 284 F.3d 125 (D.D.C. 2002) (meat and poultry inspection)  Text

Am. Fed’n of Gov’t Employees, AFL-CIO v. Glickman, 127 F. Supp. 2d 243 (D. D.C. 2001) aff’d sub nom. Am. Fed’n of Gov’t Employees, AFL-CIO v. Veneman, 284 F.3d 125 (D.C. Cir. 2002) (post-mortem inspection of carcasses)  Text

Caldwell v. Caesar, 150 F. Supp. 2d 50 (D. D.C. 2001) (prisoner’s unsafe food claim)  Text

James V. Hurson Associates, Inc. v. Glickman, 229 F.3d 277 (D.C. Cir. 2000) (approval of food labeling)  Text

Alliance for Bio-Integrity v. Shalala, 116 F. Supp. 2d 166 (D. D.C. 2000) (dispute over genetically modified foods)  Text

United States v. Schaffer, 183 F.3d 833 (D.C. Cir. 1999) vacated as moot, 240 F.3d 35 (D.C. Cir. 2001) (violation of the Meat Inspection Act)  Text

Original Honey Baked Ham Co. of Georgia, Inc. v. Glickman, 172 F.3d 885 (D.C. Cir. 1999) (retail stores are subject to federal inspection requirements)  Text



Ecolab, Inc. v. FMC Corp., 569 F.3d 1335 (Fed. Cir. 2009) (patent infringement suit on patents on chemical products used to reduce pathogens in meat processing)  Text

Rose Acre Farms, Inc. v. United States, 559 F.3d 1260 (Fed. Cir. 2009) (no taking because of salmonella regulations; restricted egg sales)  Text

Rose Acre Farms, Inc. v. United States, 75 Fed. Cl. 527 (Fed. Cl. 2007) (regulatory taking)

N. Am. Processing Co. v. United States, 236 F.3d 695 (Fed. Cir. 2001) (classification of bovine fat trimmings)  Text

Quiman, S.A. de C.V. v. United States, 40 Fed.Cl. 107 (Fed. Cl. 1997) aff’d, 178 F.3d 1313 (Fed. Cir. 1999) (testing of imported fetal bovine serum)

Banfi Products Corp. v. United States, 40 Fed.Cl. 107 (Fed. Cl. 1997) aff’d as modified, 90-3981X, 1998 WL 515738 (Fed. Cl. Aug. 14, 1998) (recall of wine contaminated with diethylene glycol)



Flagstar Enterprises, Inc. v. Davis, 709 So.2d 1132 (Ala. 1997) (failure to exercise reasonable care in the preparation and packaging of food)  Text



Tinker v. Veco, Inc., 913 P.2d 488 (Alaska 1996) (food poisoning)  Text



Physicians Comm. For Responsible Medicine v. McDonald’s, 114 Cal. Rptr.3d 414 (Cal. Ct. App. 2010) (health warnings)  Text

Am. Meat Inst. v. Leeman, 102 Cal. Rptr.3d 759 (Cal. Ct. App. 2009) (state labeling law preempted by federal law)

Organic Pastures Dairy Co. v. California, No. H033022, 2009 WL 3321379 (Cal. Ct. App. Oct. 15, 2009) (challenging state limits on coliform bacteria in raw milk)

California ex rel. Brown v. Tri-Union Seafoods, LLC, 90 Cal. Rptr.3d 644 (Cal. Ct. App. 2009) (no failure to label to tuna to show contained methylmercury)

California ex rel. Lockyer v. Tri-Union Seafoods, LLC, 2006 WL 1544384 (Cal. Superior, 2006) (maximum allowable dose levels for methylmercury in tuna)

County Sanitation Dist. No. 2 v. County of Kern, 127 Cal. App. 4th 1544 (Cal. Ct. App. 2005) (use of sewage sludge in food production)   Text

Shade Foods, Inc. v. Innovative Products Sales & Mktg., Inc., 78 Cal. App. 4th 847, 93 Cal. Rptr. 2d 364 (Cal. Ct. App. 2000) (contamination of almonds)  Text

Livingston v. Marie Callender’s, Inc., 72 Cal. App. 4th 830, 85 Cal. Rptr. 2d 528 (Cal. Ct. App. 1999) (failure to warn)  Text

Vons Companies, Inc. v. Seabest Foods, Inc., 37 Cal. App. 4th 1090, 44 Cal. Rptr. 2d 258 (Cal. Ct. App. 1995) review granted and opinion superseded, 905 P.2d 419 (Cal. 1995) and rev’d, 926 P.2d 1085 (1996) (escherichia coli bacteria in fast-food hamburgers)



In re Title, Ballot Title & Submission Clause, & for 1999-2000 No. 265, 3 P.3d 1210 (Colo. 2000) (labeling of genetically engineered foods)  Text



Red Apple II, Inc. v. Hartford Courant, CV 95547043, 1996 WL 40952 (Conn. Super. Ct. Jan. 17, 1996) (dispute over food contamination)



Conagra Foods, Inc. v. Lexington Ins. Co., No. 09C-02-170 FSS, 2009 WL 3688014 (Del. Super. Ct. Oct. 30, 2009) (salmonella outbreak in peanut butter; duty to defend)

Albu Trading, Inc. v. Allen Family Foods, Inc. 2002 WL 531203 (Del. Super. 2002) (chicken contaminated with salmonella)

Albu Trading, Inc. v. Allen Family Foods, Inc., CRIM.A. 00C-05-131-J, 2001 WL 1398638 (Del. Super. Ct. Aug. 30, 2001) aff’d, 829 A.2d 141 (Del. 2003) (action to recover the price of contaminated chicken)

In re Nash v. McDonald’s Corp., 96C-09-045-WTQ, 1997 WL 528036 (Del. Super. Ct. Feb. 27, 1997) (escherichia coli bacteria case)



Boca Burger, Inc. v. Forum, 912 So. 2d 561 (Fla. 2005) (food labeling)  Text

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. v. Hagan, 750 So. 2d 83 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1999), remanded, 804 So. 2d 1234 (Fla. 2001) (action to recover emotional distress damages)   Text

McFadden v. Staley, 687 So. 2d 357, 360 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1997) (food poisoning case)  Text

N. Star Int’l Seafood Co., Inc. v. Banner Beef & Seafood Co., Inc., 677 So. 2d 1003 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1996) (food poisoning claim against restaurant)   Text



Worthy v. Beautiful Rest., Inc., 556 S.E.2d 185 (Ga. Ct. App. 2001) (food borne illness case)  Text

Mann v. D.L. Lee & Sons, Inc., 537 S.E.2d 683 (Ga. Ct. App. 2000) (products liability action against meat packing company)   Text

Chambley v. Apple Restaurants, Inc., 504 S.E.2d 551 (Ga. Ct. App. 1998) (“adulterated” within meaning of State law)  Text

Thomasson v. Rich Products Corp., 502 S.E.2d 289 (Ga. Ct. App. 1998) (injury action against bagel distributor)  Text

Meyer v. Super Disc. Markets, Inc., 501 S.E.2d 2 (Ga. Ct. App. 1998) (food poisoning claim against grocery store and packing plant)  Text

Edwards v. Campbell Taggart Baking Companies, Inc., 466 S.E.2d 911 (Ga. Ct. App. 1996) (food poisoning claim against seller and preparer of bread)  Text

Sirmons v. Derst Baking Co., 470 S.E.2d 515 (Ga. Ct. App. 1996) (consumer’s action to recover damages against store)  Text



Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc. v. Lumpkin, 96 C 2748, 1996 WL 495554 (N.D. Ill. Aug. 28, 1996) (labeling of products free from rBGH)



Holloway v. Bob Evans Farms, Inc., 695 N.E.2d 991 (Ind. Ct. App. 1998) (action to recover damages against restaurant)   Text

Connerwood Healthcare, Inc. v. Estate of Herron, 683 N.E.2d 1322 (Ind. Ct. App. 1997)   Text



Landreneau v. Copeland’s Cheese Cake Bistro, L.L.C., 7 So.3d 703 (La. Ct. App. 2009) (burden of proof in food poisoning case)  Text

Anderson v. Piccadilly Cafeteria, Inc., 804 So. 2d 75 (La. Ct. App. 2001) writ denied, 2002-0359 La. 4/19/02, 813 So. 2d 1084 (food borne illness claim)  Text

Burnett v. Essex Ins. Co., 773 So. 2d 786 (La. Ct. App. 2000) (food poisoning claim)  Text

Hickman v. Wm. Wrigley, Jr. Co., Inc., 768 So. 2d 812 (La. Ct. App. 2000) (action for damages against chewing gum manufacturer)  Text

Hairston v. Burger King Corp., 764 So. 2d 176 (La. Ct. App. 2000) (food poisoning claim)  Text

Cain v. Winn-Dixie Louisiana, Inc., 757 So. 2d 712 (La. Ct. App. 1999) writ denied, 752 So. 2d 858 (action for damages resulting from a hair found in a cake)  Text

Arbourgh v. Sweet Basil Bistro, Inc., 740 So. 2d 186 (La. Ct. App. 1999) writ denied, 99-2942 La. 12/17/99, 751 So. 2d 883 (food poisoning claim against restaurant)  Text

McGinnis v. Piccadilly Cafeteria, Inc., 732 So. 2d 659 (La. Ct. App. 1999) (“worm-like” organisms in food at restaurant)  Text

Bullara v. Checker’s Drive-In Rest., Inc., 736 So. 2d 936 (La. Ct. App. 1999) (customer’s suit for damages against restaurant)  Text

Cooper v. Borden, Inc., 709 So. 2d 878 (La. Ct. App. 1999) (dispute over penicillin-contaminated milk)  Text

Melady v. Wendy’s of New Orleans, Inc., 673 So. 2d 1094 (La. Ct. App. 1996) writ denied, 675 So. 2d 1088 (patron’s suit against restaurant)  Text



Oyarzo v. Md. Dep’t of Health & Mental Hygiene, 978 A.2d 804 (Md. Ct. Spec. App. 2009) (ban on selling raw milk; farmer precluded from selling shares in herd for raw milk)  Text



Brooks v. Grosse, 1998 Mass. App. Div. 235 (Mass. Dist. Ct. 1998) (food contamination case)  Text



Holley v. Clark Seed, Inc., 223749, 2001 WL 1134845 (Mich. Ct. App. Sept. 21, 2001) (salmonella food poisoning claim)

Marin v. Michigan State Univ., 212208, 2000 WL 33529619 (Mich. Ct. App. Mar. 3, 2000) (yersinia enterocolitica bacteria case)

Boulahanis v. Prevo’s Family Mkt., Inc., 583 N.W.2d 509 (Mich. Ct. App. 1998) (escherichia coli case)  Text

Sanchez v. Lagoudakis, 552 N.W.2d 472 (Mich. Ct. App. 1996) rev’d, 581 N.W.2d 257 (1998) (dispute over AIDS testing for food service employee)  Text



Sonstegard Foods Co. v. Wellington Underwriting, Inc., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 37027 (D. Minn. 2007) (E3A requirements)

State v. Hartmann, 700 N.W.2d 449 (Minn. 2005) (inspection of farm-sold meat)  Text

Gen. Mills, Inc. v. Gold Medal Ins. Co., 622 N.W.2d 147 (Minn. Ct. App. 2001) (alleged unapproved pesticide treatment of oats)  Text

Falde v. Bush Bros. & Co., C2-01-435, 2001 WL 1117801 (Minn. Ct. App. Sept. 25, 2001) (case of allegedly tainted food)

Maple Island, Inc. v. St. Paul Mercury Ins. Co., C8-96-2352, 1997 WL 406647 (Minn. Ct. App. July 22, 1997) (insurance policies for salmonella contamination)

Heller v. Schwan’s Sales Enterprises, Inc., 548 N.W.2d 287 (Minn. Ct. App. 1996) (products liability suit against ice cream manufacturer)   Text



Slay v. Spell, 882 So. 2d 254 (Miss. Ct. App. 2004) (food safety reporting)  Text

Slay v. Spell, 828 So. 2d 1257 (Miss. Ct. App. 2001) (violation of meat inspection laws)  Text

Spell v. Muhammad, 756 So.2d 748 (Miss. 2000) (animals slaughtering while engaged in religious ceremony)  Text



Missori ex rel. McDonald’s Corp. v. Midkiff, 226 S.W.3d 119 (Mo. 2007) (escherichia coli case and franchisee liability)  Text

Sanders v. Hartville Mill. Co., 14 S.W.3d 188 (Mo. Ct. App. 2000) (action against feed producers)  Text

Silvey v. Mallinckrodt, Inc., 976 S.W.2d 497 (Mo. Ct. App. 1998) (action to recover damages caused by contaminated vaccine)  Text

Carmack v. Dir., Missouri Dep’t of Agric., 945 S.W.2d 956 (Mo. 1997) (destruction of livestock carrying highly contagious disease)  Text

Rustco Products Co. v. Food Corn, Inc., 925 S.W.2d 917 (Mo. Ct. App. 1996) (coconut oil supplies action against nacho chip maker)  Text



James v. McDonalds of Libby, 2004 ML 429 (Mont. Dist. Ct. 2004) (food-borne illness claim)

Clover Leaf Dairy v. State, 948 P.2d 1164 (Mont. 1997) (contaminated milk case)   Text



Schafersman v. Agland Coop, 631 N.W.2d 862 (Neb. 2001) (action against feed seller)   Text



Carroll v. Friendly Ice Cream Corp., A5499-97T5, 1999 WL 399908 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. Apr. 13, 1999) (action to recover damages caused by food poisoning)



Humane Soc’y of U.S., Inc. v. Brennan, 881 N.Y.S.2d 533 (N.Y. App. Div. 2009) (standing; declaration that foie gras is adulterated food product)  Text

Cillo v. Resjefal Corp., 16 A.D.3d 339 (N.Y. App. Div. 2005) (escherichia coli claim)  Text

Santorelli v. Apple & Eve, L.P., 282 A.D.2d 731 (N.Y. App. Div. 2001) (action to recover damages for injuries caused by contaminated juice consumption)  Text

McCrory v. State, 281 A.D.2d 797 (N.Y. App. Div. 2001) (prison inmates’ food poisoning claim)  Text

Sledge v. Hesson, 274 A.D.2d 777 (N.Y. App. Div. 2000) (food contamination case)  Text

Adams ex rel. Adams v. Gristede Bros., Inc., 270 A.D.2d 180 (N.Y. App. Div. 2000) (alleging “cross contamination” by salmonella)   Text

Knaust v. Staten Island Univ. Hosp., 256 A.D.2d 203 (N.Y. App. Div. 1998) (salmonella bacteria case)   Text

Brown v. City Sam Restaurants, Inc., 246 A.D.2d 301 (N.Y. App. Div. 1998) (contaminated food case)  Text

Montalbano v. Tri-Mac Enterprises of Port Jefferson, Inc., 236 A.D.2d 374 (N.Y. App. Div. 1997) (customer’s action against fast food restaurant)  Text

Matthews v. UsAir, Inc., 92-CV-1424(FJS/GJD), 1996 WL 772724 (N.D. N.Y. May 29, 1996) order aff’d in part, vacated in part, Matthews v. USAir, Inc., 92-CV-1424(FJS)(GJD), 1997 WL 31484 (N.D. N.Y. Jan. 22, 1997) (salmonella poisoning case)

Vamos v. Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of New York, Inc., 627 N.Y.S.2d 265 (N.Y. Civ. Ct. 1995) (consumer’s against soft drink manufacturer)   Text



Phillips v. U.S. Air, Inc., 463 S.E.2d 259 (N.C. Ct. App. 1995) aff’d, 469 S.E.2d 552 (1996) (salmonella infection caused by contaminated water)  Text



Elwer v. Carrol’s Corp., 2006 Ohio 6085 (Ohio Ct. App. 2006) (escherichia coli claim)

West American Ins. Group v. Springfield Poultry, Inc. 2005 WL 1491460 (Ohio Ct. App. 2005) (restaurant’s failure to pasteurize eggs)

Wygonski v. Medina County Agric. Soc’y, 785 N.E.2d 831 (Ohio Ct. Com. Pl. 2002) (soft drinks made with contaminated water)  Text

Mitchell v. T.G.I. Friday’s, 748 N.E.2d 89 (Ohio Ct. App. 2000) (products liability action)  Text

Farrenholz v. Mad Crab, Inc., 76456, 2000 WL 1433956 (Ohio Ct. App. Sept. 28, 2000) (food poisoning class action

Massey v. Riser Foods, Inc., 98CA007260, 2000 WL 670669 (Ohio Ct. App. May 24, 2000) (chicken contamination with salmonella)

State v. Venditti, 731 N.E.2d 184 (Ohio Ct. App. 1999) (first-degree felony contamination of food)

Jackson v. Ohio Dep’t of Rehab. & Corr., 684 N.E.2d 386 (Ohio Ct. Cl. 1997) (inmate’s adulterated food claim)

City of Cleveland v. Muntaser, 67947, 1995 WL 517085 (Ohio Ct. App. Aug. 31, 1995) (contaminated food case)

City of Cleveland v. Saah, 67996, 1995 WL 328447 (Ohio Ct. App. June 1, 1995) (violations by grocery store)



Fort v. Palmateer, 10 P.3d 291 (Or. Ct. App. 2000) (inmate’s food contamination claim)  Text

Gladhart v. Oregon Vineyard Supply Co., 994 P.2d 134 (Or. Ct. App. 1999) rev’d, 26 P.3d 817 (Or. Ct. App. 2001) (dispute over phylloxera-infested vine)  Text



Grady v. Frito-Lay, Inc., 789 A.2d 735 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2001) rev’d in part, 839 A.2d 1038 (2003) (products liability action)  Text

U.S. Sugar Co., Inc. v. Am. Sweeteners, Inc., 750 A.2d 344 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2000) (contaminated sugar case)  Text

Reigert v. Giant Food Stores Inc., 37 Pa. D. & C.4th 515 (Pa. Com. Pl. 1997) (salmonella poisoning case)  Text



Tateosian v. Celebrity Cruise Services, Ltd., 768 A.2d 1248 (R.I. 2001) (food poisoning claim)  Text



Creach v. Sara Lee Corp., 502 S.E.2d 923 (S.C. Ct. App. 1998) (consumer’s action against food producer)  Text



Wiersma v. Maple Leaf Farms, 543 N.W.2d 787 (S.D. 1995) (action for loss of unborn child caused be salmonella)  Text

Moss v. Guttormson, 551 N.W.2d 14 (S.D. 1995) (product mislabeling case)  Text



Bean v. Bredesen, 2005 Tenn. App. LEXIS 267 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2005) (constitutionality of deer ban)

Burgess v. Floyd, 01A01-9609-CV-00436, 1997 WL 249955 (Tenn. Ct. App. May 14, 1997) (product liability case)

McCarley v. W. Quality Food Serv., 02A01-9505-CV-00107, 1996 WL 331128 (Tenn. Ct. App. June 13, 1996) rev’d, 948 S.W.2d 477 (Tenn. 1997) superseded, 960 S.W.2d 585 (Tenn. 1998) and rev’d, 960 S.W.2d 585 (Tenn. 1998) (food poisoning claim against restaurant)



Nahidmobarekeh v. State, 2006 Tex. App. LEXIS 7403 (Tex. App. 2006) (tampering with a consumer product)

Univ. of N. Tex. v. Harvey, 124 S.W.3d 216 (Tex. App. 2003) (escherichia coli claim)  Text

Nat’l Sports & Spirit, Inc. v. Univ. of N. Tex., 117 S.W.3d 76 (Tex. App. 2003) (food-borne illnesses)  Text

Watkins v. Golden Corral Corp., 11-00-00074-CV, 2000 WL 34234267 (Tex. App. Dec. 13, 2000) (food poisoning case)

Duffy v. Denny’s Rest., 05-96-01929-CV, 1999 WL 23215 (Tex. App. Jan. 22, 1999) (food poisoning claim)

In re Perritt, 973 S.W.2d 776 (Tex. App. 1998) (food contamination claim)  Text

Ayala v. Bartolome, 940 S.W.2d 727 (Tex. App. 1997) (food borne illness case)  Text



Parker v. Virginia, 42 Va. App. 358 (Va. Ct. App. 2004) (operating a food manufacturing plant without inspection)  Text

McClellan v. Virginia, 39 Va. App. 759 (Va. Ct. App. 2003) (misbranded foods)  Text



Almquist v. Finley Sch. Dist. No. 53, 57 P.3d 1191 (Wash. Ct. App. 2002) (escherichia coli claim)   Text

Burckhard v. Seabest Foods, Inc., No. 41383-0-I, 96 Wash. App. 1027 (Wash. Ct. App. July 6, 1999) (escherichia coli bacteria case)



Estate of Kriefall v. Sizzler U.S. Franchise, 2003 WI App 119 (Wis. Ct. App. 2003) (escherichia coli claim)  Text

Butteris v. Christiansen, 589 N.W.2d 456 (Wis. Ct. App. 1998) (action to recover damages caused by salmonella poisoning)

Richland Valley Products, Inc. v. St. Paul Fire & Cas. Co., 548 N.W.2d 127 (Wis. Ct. App. 1996) (dispute over the term “contamination”)  Text

Bay View Packing Co. v. Taff, 543 N.W.2d 522 (Wis. Ct. App. 1995) (recall of products produced with contaminated city water)  Text