U.S., Texas processor settle suit over mislabled meat products
John Soules Foods of Tyler, Texas, and federal prosecutors have resolved a U.S. Agriculture Department investigation of mislabeled meat products. U.S. Attorney John Bales says John Soules Foods will tighten policies to comply with meat inspection laws and pay $392,000 to reimburse costs of a three-year investigation. Prosecutors won't bring charges against the fajita processing and marketing company, reports the Associated Press.
Bales said Friday investigators found that in late 2006 and early 2007, the company sold beef trimmings that had freezing problems to a broker as pet food. The company, however, didn't change labels on the boxes and the broker violated an agreement by selling it to another broker who resold some meat to the Federal Bureau of Prisons for human consumption. Bales says there's no evidence anyone became sick.
Sources: AP, Sacramento Bee