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Former president of Washington state manufacturer charged with selling tainted fruit juice
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A grand jury indicted an 80-year-old Washington woman and her since-shuttered company Thursday for allegedly making and selling rotten and tainted fruit juice products.
The woman, Mary Ann Bliesner, and her company, Valley Processing Inc. (VPI), allegedly conspired to distribute "tainted and potentially unsafe" juice concentrate products, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.
She now faces 12 felony counts of fraud, conspiracy, false statements and violating the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
The juice products contained "potentially harmful levels" of contaminants like arsenic and were made under "insanitary conditions," the DOJ alleged in its release.