- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

MACON, Ga. (AP) - The top federal prosecutor for Georgia’s Middle District is stepping down after five years on the job.

U.S. Attorney Michael Moore said Friday that he is leaving the office to take a job at a private sector. He was appointed by President Barack Obama in October 2010.

Moore’s office oversaw two high-profile cases involving food-borne illnesses caused by salmonella in peanut butter. Former peanut executive Stewart Parnell was sentenced to 28 years in prison in September after being prosecuted for his role in a deadly salmonella outbreak.

In May, ConAgra Foods agreed to pay $11.2 million to settle a federal charge that it shipped salmonella-tainted peanut butter from Georgia that sickened more than 600 people.

In a statement, Attorney General Loretta Lynch praised Moore as a “faithful advocate for the people” during his tenure.

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