jpgCapital Press reporter Mateusz Perkowski got Shaun George to engage his mouth before his brain in today’s story – “Hazelnut packer declines FDA request for grower list.” According to the Press, George “has refused to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration a list of its farmer suppliers the agency requested as part of an investigation into a disease outbreak.”

Also according to the Press, “[t]he FDA requested the information after hazelnuts packed by the George Packing Co. of Newberg, Ore., were voluntarily recalled in connection with several illnesses from E. coli bacteria, said Shaun George, a principal of the company.”

According to George, “[t]he company has refused to turn over the supplier information because it’s proprietary and because hazelnuts haven’t been proven to be the cause of the E. coli outbreak….”

Hopefully, Mr. George’s lawyer will advise him to stop talking and to give the FDA the information that it needs to do a proper traceback. A traceback to the source, if possible, will hopefully help learn how the contamination occurred, so it can be avoided in the future.

  • Karen

    Copied directly from the website you linked……”Stool samples from sick patients were found to contain hazelnuts, which were then traced to the DeFranco and Sons re-packing company in Los Angeles, Calif., said Jerry DeFranco, a principal in the firm. All of the hazelnuts were bought from George Packing Co., he said. “It’s not like we’re chopping them up or doing anything with them here,” said Defranco. “We’re just passing them along.”
    hmmm….the stool samples contain hazelnuts?? oops from the Capital Press reporter…

  • Gabrielle Meunier

    This is ridiculous. What has Mr. George got to hide? In order for our food safety system to work, there has got to be transparency. This is why we needed a law change.

  • My guess is the reporter and editor were so shocked that the fellow was refusing to assist in the traceback and were a bit(e) “loose” with the description of what was in the stool? Here is the link to the CDC investigation: