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Dog Food Served in Federal Prisons Lands $362,000 Settlement
by Ali Papademetriou
A disturbing investigation with a food company from 2006 is finding closure in federal prisons. Six years ago the Tyler, Texas based meat business, John Soules Foods, marketed a product labeled as beef trimmings to an independent meat commissioner who agreed to then sell the product solely as pet food. Understanding that the product would only be packaged and sold as feed for dogs, Soules’ labels remained “beef trimmings”.
That meat commissioner betrayed the accession by eventually selling the beef product to another company who then sold it to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Considering the beef product would be fed to inmates, this incident inevitably started an investigation administered by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, which lasted for three years.
On Friday, United States Attorney, John Bales proclaimed that John Soules Foods and the USDA have come to a conclusion of the investigation with a settlement. He stated, “We fully support the USDA’s vigorous protection of the nation’s food supply.”
Soules admitted doing nothing wrong, morally or criminally, but did concur to paying the U.S. Treasury 362,000 dollars in order to reimburse the federal government for the expense of their investigation.
Bales went on to say, “This settlement agreement upholds the government’s commitment to food safety while also recognizing that John Soules Foods, Inc. is a good corporate citizen with a long record of regulatory compliance and customer satisfaction.”