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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Puerto Rico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 11, 2015

One Individual Indicted And Arrested For Distribution And Sale Of Meat And Poultry Products Without Inspection

SAN JUAN, P.R. – On May 7, 2015, a Federal grand jury returned a three count indictment charging Daniel E. Martínez-Rivera, President and the person responsible for the operations of Productos Dany, Inc., for distribution and sale of meat and poultry products without inspection, and for refusing to provide a duly authorized representative of the Secretary of Agriculture access to records, announced Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico. Martínez-Rivera was arrested on May 8. The US Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) is in charge of the investigation.

Beginning in August 2011, and continuing up to and until the return of the instant Indictment, the defendant Daniel E. Martínez-Rivera, offered for sale and sold in commerce meat and poultry products required to be inspected and passed that were not so inspected and passed. On or about September 4, 2013, the defendant, with reasonable time and notice refused to provide a duly authorized representative of the Secretary of Agriculture access to records.

“We have not received reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider,” stated Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico.

The case is being investigated by the US Department of Agriculture and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mariana Bauzá-Almonte. An indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Updated May 11, 2015