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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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DECEMBER 6, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


GROCERY OWNERS, LIVESTOCK DEALER SENTENCED

FOR SELLING UNINSPECTED MEAT


            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., were sentenced in federal court today for selling to the general public thousands of pounds of meat that had not been federally inspected.


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


            The court ordered Queen’s Market to pay a $2,000 fine following its guilty plea to aiding and abetting the sale to the public of adulterated food that was unfit for human consumption. Anstine, Huynh and Pham were each sentenced to one year of probation after pleading guilty to aiding and abetting the misbranding of food. On Aug. 7, 2007, the court also ordered Anstine Enterprises to pay a $10,000 fine after pleading guilty to aiding and abetting the misbranding of food.


            Each of 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 was 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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