California Meat Processing Company and Two Company Officials Plead Guilty to Selling Misbranded Beef, Pork and Poultry They Falsely Claimed Had Been Inspected

Regulatory cases can turn criminal and the resolution often takes years. A recent case began on the regulatory side in 2012 and became a criminal case which has taken six years to resolve. The case has also cost the company millions of dollars in product seizures, recall requirements, legal fees and fines. It shows the potential risk of non-compliance.On August 1, 2018, a meat processor Golden Key Food, Inc. dba AA Meat Products Corp. was investigated in 2012 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for selling meat that was produced without federal inspection. The government alleged that AA Meat products had a plant in Maywood that was operating under a USDA grant of inspection where meat and poultry food products were properly federally inspected, but that they had a second facility in Commerce did not have USDA inspection grant. USDA alleged that AA Meat produced and sold meat (such as trip, duck feet, and other less expensive parts) from its Commerce plant that had not…

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