Texas Prison Feeds Inmates Pet Food By ‘Mistake’
Inmates at a Texas prison unknowingly ate pet food after a mix-up at a local food company that specializes in fajita meat.
Employees at John Soules Foods in Tyler, Texas, failed to re-label boxes of “beef trimmings” that were going to be sold as pet food, according to federal documents.
The boxes were sold to an outside meat broker, who then sold them to another broker, who eventually sold the to the Federal Bureau of Prisons for human consumption.
“There is no evidence that anyone who consumed any of the ‘beef trimmings’ product suffered any ill effects,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
John Soules Foods says it originally sold the beef as pet food because it was having trouble getting the meat to freeze properly.
The company is paying $392,000 to settle the case.
The settlement comes after a three-year, federal investigation. Authorities say the pet food meat was sold to the prison and consumed in late 2006 and early 2007.
According to the settlement, John Soules Foods “has cooperated and has demonstrated a desire to continue to cooperate in investigating any allegations that any of their products may have been received in an adulterated state or without the appropriate labeling.”
On its website, John Soules Foods describes itself as “America’s Leading Fajita Brand.” The company sells to restaurants, supermarkets and food service distributors.