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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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AUGUST 7, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


LIVESTOCK DEALER, GROCERY OWNERS PLEAD GUILTY

TO SELLING UNINSPECTED MEAT;

LIVESTOCK COMPANY FINED $10,000


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a livestock dealer and the owners of Queen’s Market grocery store in Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty in federal court today to selling to the general public thousands of pounds of meat that had not been federally inspected.


            Rick D. Anstine, 49, of Holden, Mo., Kim Huynh, 50, of Kansas City, Mo., Nham Pham, 48, of Overland Park, Kan., along with Anstine Enterprises, Inc., a livestock auction operation in Kingsville, Mo., d/b/a Kingsville Hog Market that is owned by Anstine, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright this morning. Huynh and Pham are the owners of Queen’s Market, LLC, a grocery store at 1447 Independence Ave., in Kansas City that primarily caters to the Vietnamese community.


            Anstine Enterprises was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and was sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to aiding and abetting the misbranding of food. Anstine, Huynh and Pham each pleaded guilty to separate federal informations that charge them with aiding and abetting the misbranding of food.


            By pleading guilty today, the co-defendants admitted that, from Nov. 29, 2002, to March 6, 2003, they transported, offered for sale or sold to their customers 9,057 pounds of swine and associated meat products that had not been inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Although the meat was labeled as having passed federal inspection, in reality the meat had not been inspected.


            Under the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the U.S. Department of Agriculture conducts inspections of meat and meat food products as well as facilities processing or distributing meat and meat food products. FMIA requires all meat or meat food products offered for sale in commerce to the public to be inspected and prohibits misbranding of meat or meat food products by false labeling.


            Anstine delivered the swine for slaughter and processing to Parmley’s Holden locker, a non-USDA inspected facility. Anstine and Kingsville Hog Market then offered the uninspected meat products to Queen’s Market for subsequent retail sale to the public. After purchasing the meat, Huynh and Pham mislabeled it as having passed federal inspection and sold it to their customers.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney William L. Meiners. It was investigated by the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Agriculture.


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