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A former peanut company executive will soon learn if he will spend the rest of his life in prison for his role in a salmonella outbreak blamed for killing nine Americans and sickening hundreds more.
State health officials say one person has died in connection with a salmonella outbreak at a North Carolina barbecue restaurant.
ConAgra Foods has agreed to pay $11.2 million in criminal fines and forfeitures to settle a charge that the company shipped salmonella-tainted Peter Pan peanut butter from its Georgia plant more than eight years ago.
The Food and Drug Administration is proposing the most sweeping food safety rules in decades, requiring farmers and food companies to be more vigilant in the wake of deadly outbreaks in peanuts, cantaloupe and leafy greens.
Health officials say the number of people sickened by salmonella from a soy product often used as a meat substitute has topped 80.
Federal officials say they are trying to find the cause of a salmonella outbreak that has sickened dozens of people across the country, including at least five in the Carolinas.