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Pittsburgh Man Sentenced to Probation for Selling Uninspected Poultry

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH -A local resident has been sentenced in federal court to two years’ probation with special conditions on his conviction of transporting poultry without inspection, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Senior United States District Judge Maurice B. Cohill imposed the sentence on Xia Vue, 84, of Pittsburgh, Pa.

According to information presented to the court, the defendant had been slaughtering poultry at a dilapidated residential home and was selling the poultry in commerce to retail markets and individual customers. The poultry products sold by the defendant had not been inspected by the United States Department of Agriculture, as required by law.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Cohill emphasized the importance of food safety and said that the special conditions of Vue’s probation are necessary to prevent the defendant from continuing to slaughter poultry for commerce.

Assistant United States Attorney Tonya Sulia Goodman prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the United States Department of Agriculture, Office of the Inspector General for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Vue.

Updated February 18, 2016