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April 17, 1986 | RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writer
The president and principal owner of Jalisco Mexican Products Inc., Gary McPherson, pleaded no contest today to 10 criminal counts stemming from last year's tainted cheese epidemic that killed as many as 40 people, largely in the Los Angeles area. Under a plea-bargain with the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, McPherson will serve no more than six months in county jail, according to a spokesman for the prosecutor.
March 27, 1986 | From Associated Press
Jalisco Mexican Products Inc., its president and one other company official were named in 60 misdemeanor criminal counts today following an investigation into a cheese-linked disease epidemic that killed dozens of people last year. The charges were all misdemeanor counts, "none of which are directly related to any of the deaths," said Roger Rosen, lawyer for the now-defunct cheese-making company and for Jalisco President Gary McPherson.
May 21, 1986 | RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writer
Jose Luis Medina, cheese maker for Jalisco Mexican Products Inc., was sentenced Tuesday to 60 days in Los Angeles County Jail and fined $9,300 in the aftermath of last year's fatal food poisoning epidemic linked to his firm's cheeses. "In my heart I didn't do anything (wrong)," Medina, 45, told reporters in quiet, broken English after his sentencing by Bellflower Municipal Judge James E. Pearce.
April 18, 1986 | RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writer
Gary S. McPherson, the president and principal owner of Jalisco Mexican Products Inc., which last year was linked with California's biggest food poisoning case in which as many as 40 people died, pleaded no contest Thursday to misdemeanor criminal charges. McPherson, in effect, admitted guilt to 10 violations of the state Health and Safety Code, including nine charges of manufacturing and selling adulterated food and one count of operating an unsanitary food-processing establishment.
October 13, 1987 | RONALD L. SOBLE
The Jalisco cheese poisoning epidemic of 1985--the biggest food contamination case in California history--is a whodunit that still baffles health and law enforcement officials. Almost from the time Los Angeles County health officials picked up signals that a major food poisoning outbreak was rolling through the area--in April, 1985--until the case was shut last year, everyone was sure of the culprit. But no one knows for sure how the contamination occurred.
September 29, 1988 | JANNY SCOTT and RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writers
The final report on the listeriosis epidemic that claimed 48 lives in Los Angeles County in 1985 traces California's worst food poisoning case ever to raw or poorly pasteurized milk used to make cheese at a now-defunct Artesia plant. The report, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, reaches that conclusion even though investigators never found the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria in the dairy herds that supplied raw milk to Jalisco Mexican Products Inc.
July 15, 1989 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles Superior Court jury Friday found that Alta-Dena Certified Dairy will not have to share financial liability for nearly $100 million in unsettled claims filed by victims of a listeriosis epidemic that killed 48 people and sickened hundreds of others in 1985. In an 11-1 verdict reached after 3 1/2 days of deliberations, the jury spurned arguments by now-defunct Jalisco Mexican Products Inc.
June 20, 1986 | GEORGE RAMOS, Times Staff Writer
The president and principal owner of the now-defunct Jalisco Mexican Products Inc. was sentenced Thursday to 30 days in jail and fined $18,800 for violations of the state Health and Safety Code stemming from California's biggest food poisoning case, in which as many as 40 people died. Gary S. McPherson, 45, was also placed on two years' probation by Los Cerritos Municipal Judge James E.
October 15, 2009 | Tracy Wilkinson
Gathered below an overpass on Independence Avenue, dressed in the multiple layers typical of homeless travelers, the migrants watched for the next northbound freight train through Tultitlan. Many of them, mostly young men and boys, prepared to hop aboard, hobo-style, on an ever-more-precarious trip that might get them as far as the United States. But fewer migrants are achieving that goal. Central Americans who for years have passed through Mexico en route to the U.S. are increasingly cutting their trips short as they run out of cash or become discouraged by fewer opportunities farther away from home.
June 26, 1989 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles County Superior Court jury, in a trial that started last week, will attempt to solve a mystery that has stymied the best medical investigators in the nation: Exactly how did deadly listeria bacteria get into a batch of cheese that sickened hundreds of Southern Californians, killing 48 in 1985? The decision will hinge on the past performance of two firms--the now-defunct Jalisco Mexican Products Inc. of Artesia, which produced the tainted cheese, and Alta-Dena Certified Dairy of the City of Industry, which supplied the raw milk to Jalisco to make the cheese.
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