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on August 31, 2009

Joe Christiana Food Distributors pleads guilty

Company president agrees to pay $20,000 as fine.

Joe Christiana Food Distributors Inc. has plead guilty to three federal misdemeanor charges, according to a news report.

President of the Baton Rouge meat and poultry processor Joseph O. Christiana Sr. pleaded guilty on behalf of the firm and agreed to pay $20,000 in fines and $11,529 as restitution to USDA.

The charges, dating to 2007, involved hundreds of pounds of food products that were either stored under unsanitary conditions or improperly marked as inspected by USDA. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard L. Bourgeois Jr. said the tainted products had been confiscated and destroyed.

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