Feb 11, 11:47 AM EST

Slaughterhouse owner gets prison time for uninspected meat


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SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) -- The co-owner of a Northern California slaughterhouse at the center of a nationwide meat recall two years ago has been sentenced to a year in federal prison.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/1PF1lDG ) that 78-year-old Jesse "Babe" Amaral Jr. of Rancho Feeding Corp. pleaded guilty last year to distributing adulterated, misbranded and uninspected meat.

Amaral was spared a long sentence because of poor health.

U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer called Amaral's actions a betrayal of the trust of hundreds of millions of Americans.

He was the last of four defendants to plead guilty in what prosecutors say was a scheme to process cattle that U.S. Department of Food and Agriculture veterinarians rejected for having cancerous eyes.

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Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, http://www.pressdemocrat.com

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