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Quarterly Enforcement Report

Criminal conviction tops USDA quarterly enforcement report

Gilberto De Armas, the owner of Rubio’s Ranch in Miami, was sentenced to six months of house arrest after pleading guilty to one felony count of selling uninspected and adulterated meat. He must also pay $ 600 in fines and special assessments and serve three years’ probation. De Armas’ conviction was the only criminal activity reported… Continue Reading

Toughest criminal and civil actions were not used during 1Q

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) completed the first quarter of the federal fiscal year without major use of either the civil or criminal courts, which is a bit unusual. The FSIS quarterly enforcement report for the three month period ending Dec. 31, 2016, shows no seizures or injunctions or other major civil actions… Continue Reading

FSA releases food incident details for final quarter of 2016

In the final quarter of 2016, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for the United Kingdom issued 34 food notices, including 17 for allergy alerts. Milk, nuts and gluten were the top three undeclared allergens named. In its wrap-up for the October to December quarter, FSA reported food notices include information on investigations the agency supported that… Continue Reading

FSIS enforcement year ends on civil actions

Two food safety adjudicatory actions capped fiscal 2016 for USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). In the agency’s fourth and final quarterly enforcement report, its disclosed the two Consent Orders. The first was against the MSM Meat Co. in Colquitt, GA, allowing the firm to resume inspection operations upon verification that the company’s program… Continue Reading

USDA cites meat plants for animal treatment, food safety issues

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued its first-quarter report for the federal fiscal year and it includes some red marks for big meat plants regarding animal treatment. The enforcement report covers the first three months of FY2016, Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2015. FSIS enforcement activity during the first quarter ranged from routine administrative actions for noncompliance… Continue Reading

FSIS Report: Man Sentenced for Selling Pork Despite Temperature Abuse During Transport

A plea agreement has led to the sentencing of José Suarez for the knowing distribution of wholesale meat that was unfit for human consumption and adulterated in violation of federal law. Suarez, owner of Joshua Enterprises Inc. of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, pleaded guilty to one federal felony count of offering 52,859 pounds of pork shoulder… Continue Reading