Meat distributor sentenced for placing false labels on chicken

SAN ANTONIO - A San Antonio wholesale meat distributor has been fined 40-thousand dollars for mislabeling frozen chicken.

Authorities say A-J Hausman and his company, Almacenes de Tejas, placed Alabama labels on chicken produced in Texas to circumvent a 2002 Mexican ban on Texas chicken.

A federal judge yesterday also sentenced Hausman and the company, which does business at A-D-T, to three years probation.

Hausman had pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor charges of violating the federal Poultry Products Protection Act.

In 2002, Mexico banned chicken from Texas after some chickens raised in the state tested positive for exotic Newcastle disease, a type of bird flu.

The 35-thousand pounds of mislabeled chicken were destroyed after federal investigators uncovered the improper labeling.

Source: KGBT 4
calendar icon 26 January 2006
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