A federal judge has sentenced a Nebraska man to one year of probation for mislabeling hundreds of pounds of meat.
A grand jury indicted Cory D. Allemang of Clearwater, NE in January after federal inspectors discovered 300 pounds of sausages, 400 pounds of beef jerky, bacon and deer meat in bags labeled as ground pork. The mislabeled meats had not undergone inspection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but still bore the USDA mark of inspection.
Authorities found the meat in February 2012 during an inspection of the Romans II meat processing company in Norfolk, NE, where Allemang worked.
Allemang claimed the meats had been processed and were being set aside for specific customers, according to Food Product Design. His sentence also includes his termination at the meat plant.
The ruling from U.S. District Court Judge Laurie Smith Camp prohibits Allemang, 38, from working in the meat processing business during the one-year probationary period, according to Meatingplace, a subscription-based publication.
Allemang originally faced a maximum sentence of up to $350,000 in fines and four years in prison.