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This story exposes a Dallas wine retailer who uses false health and wine information to lure novice wine enthusiasts into buying large quantities of close-out and spoiled wines at highly inflated prices. False health information used to sell these wines may violate Texas law, which states that advertising for such products may not be false or misleading.
In 1992, a California politician opened a winery with about two dozen investors. By the summer of 2003, the business was bankrupt and the politician ended up with all of the company's major assets, while the other investors had worthless stock. This investigation chronicles the downfall of the winery and specifically focuses on the nine months between October 2002 and July, 2003, when a complex series of events resulted in the dissolution of the winery and an unfair distribution of assets.
Wall Street Journal's eight-part series on food safety investigates the case of cyanide-tainted Chilean grapes; unsanitary meat processing plants; U.S. Department of Agriculture's flawed plan to let meatpackers speed up their slaughterhouse operations; gaps in the nation's milk-monitoring programs that allow veterinary drugs and other contaminants to go undetected; the bootleg shellfish industry, which harvests from sewage-contaminated waters and may be spreading hepatitis and food poisoning; inadequate border inspection programs; flaws in the Federal Crop Insurance Corp. costing taxpayers millions of dollars; and lack of safety regulation that costs farmers their health and sometimes their lives, February - November 1989.