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Nash Finch Fined $400K For Adulterated Meat, Poultry

MINNEAPOLIS -- Nash Finch was fined $400,000, after pleading guilty to charges that it transported adulterated meat and poultry products in the fall of 1999.

The retailer/wholesaler pled guilty last August to two counts of transporting adulterated meat and poultry products. It has already paid a civil penalty to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for nearly $33,000, and has made a charitable donation to a food bank worth $100,000, United States Attorney Mike Heavican said.

The company has also begun a sanitation audit program, which was required by the plea agreement, and has paid already the $400,000 fine, according to Heavican.

In the fall of 1999, inspectors at a Nash Finch warehouse in Omaha found 12 shipments of food products that were adulterated. The shipments were made from the warehouse in Omaha to the company's reclamation center in Sioux Falls, S.D.

A detention was placed on more than 1,500 pounds of adulterated meat and poultry products, which the company voluntarily destroyed, along with more than 30,700 pounds of adulterated non-meat food products by the company.
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