Judge: Transfer Offer After Moldy Applesauce Report Wasn’t Retaliatory

August 26, 2015

In 2011, when applesauce from Snokist was making children sick as far away as North Carolina, USDA Agricultural Marketing Services local inspector Wendy Alguard told Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigators arriving on the scene in Yakima, WA, about the problem.

She thought FDA ought to know that Snokist employees often had to scrape mold from bins of older applesauce and mix it in with new product. Snokist at the time was an applesauce supplier to the National School Lunch Program, and FDA quickly determined the company was repackaging applesauce containing potentially dangerous mold. The agency put Snokist on notice that…