December 5, 2012
Re "Safe peanut butter, and more," Editorial, Nov. 29 As someone who has eaten several brands of peanut butter made at the now-shuttered Sunland Inc. plant in Portales, N.M., I easily could have been one of the 40-plus people sickened by the salmonella-tainted peanut butter the plant sent out. The blame for not fully implementing last year's Food Safety Modernization Act may rest with E. coli conservatives in the Republican Party, so-called...
November 29, 2012
The bins of peanuts outside were uncovered, food safety inspectors reported, allowing birds to do on them what birds do. Employees failed to wash their hands regularly or to practice other basic hygiene. Salmonella was found in dozens of locations throughout the plant, which had shipped jars of peanut butter even though its own tests showed they were tainted with the potentially deadly bacteria. After more than 40 people were sickened, the plant closed voluntarily in September and the company's products were recalled.
September 25, 2012 |
The peanut butter recall that started this past weekend with a salmonella-linked product sold at Trader Joe's has now been expanded to dozens of peanut, cashew and almond butters, according to producer Sunland Inc. The New Mexico-based company manufactured and packaged the Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter that regulators have since connected to 29 salmonella illnesses in 18 states, including California. Sunland this week said its voluntary recall now also includes 76 varieties of almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter, tahini and roasted blanched peanut products.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2011 |
An arson suspect was arrested in Hollywood after allegedly setting three fires that caused significant property damage early Thursday morning. Authorities say Samuel Arrington, 22, of Sunland torched a vehicle and set trash ablaze along a five-block stretch of Sunset Boulevard. It is estimated the fires caused more than $100,000 in damage, said Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Jaime Moore. The first blaze, in a dumpster at Poinsettia Place and Sunset Boulevard, broke out at 1:12 a.m. Around the same time, firefighters received a call about a car ablaze in the carport of an apartment building at 1434 N. Fuller Ave. Firefighters rescued the 20 occupants of the 10-unit complex.
HOME & GARDEN
March 9, 2011 |
The longtime residence of the late singer, songwriter and producer Delaney Bramlett is on the market in Sunland at $769,000. Dubbed Delaney's Rock-n-Roll Ranch, the acre property includes a 1,638-square-foot home, stable space for four horses, a tack room and a swimming pool. The house, built in 1935, has mountain views, a garage recording studio, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Bramlett, who died in 2008 at 69, worked with rock and blues greats such as Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Leon Russell.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2011 |
Glendale will pay $1.7 million to a man who was wrongly detained for eight months as part of a murder investigation, city officials said Monday. The settlement with Edmond Ovasapyan, which was finalized Friday, ends a long-standing lawsuit against the city and includes a $1.31-million judgment awarded by a jury and most of the legal fees he incurred. "We would have obviously wanted a different outcome," City Atty. Scott Howard said. "The matter is now concluded and everyone hopes we can move on. " A jury in February determined that Ovasapyan of Sunland had been wrongly imprisoned for eight months while the Los Angeles County district attorney's office decided whether to file charges against him in the 2005 shooting death of Glendale resident Christopher Shahnazari, 21. Ovasapyan's attorney, Mark Geragos, has criticized the city for drawing out the case, pointing out that the City Council previously rejected a $400,000 settlement offer.