In another win for consumers, ConAgra Foods Inc. has agreed to pay a record $11.2 million fine—the largest ever in a food safety case—over the 2006-2007 salmonella outbreak that sickened more than 700 people. The company has also pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of introducing contaminated food to the market.

In recent years, the Justice Department has been more aggressive about persecuting companies for contaminated food. According to an article by The New York Times, this has prompted many food manufacturers to step up efforts to combat contamination. I applaud the Justice Department’s efforts, as well as the record settlement it extracted from ConAgra. Consumers need to know that that Justice Department is on their side, and that the government will hold food manufacturers responsible for harm caused by their products.

Sadly, these enforcement efforts are unlikely to ever fully eradicate the problem of contaminated food, which is only one of the many defective products that can harm consumers. Email or call 1-800-4WALKER for more information about how you can help protect people against defective/contaminated products.