A former employee of Rancho Feeding Corp. has pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting in the distribution of adulterated, misbranded and uninspected meat. Eugene Corda becomes the second employee of the company to plead guilty in the wake of massive beef recalls and a subsequent investigation. Robert Singleton, a co-owner of the slaughterhouse, entered a guilty plea earlier this year.
Federal prosecutors say the owners schemed with employees to slaughter about 79 cows with skin cancer of the eye while avoiding FSIS inspection. ABC news reports that two other defendents, co-owner Jesse Amaral Jr. and Felix Cabrera, have pleaded not guilty to the charges they face. Rancho Feeding went out of the business, and the facility was sold to another beef packer this year.