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JBS pays fine for violations at G.I. plant

December 18, 2018

JBS USA last month was fined $50,000 and ordered to pay back livestock sellers after an administrative law judge approved a consent decision between the company and the Agricultural Marketing Service regarding alleged violations of the Packers and Stockyards Act.

The violations, which took place at the company’s Grand Island facility, included failure to maintain the identity of beef carcasses purchased on a hot weight basis, meaning the company could not ensure accurate payments to livestock sellers, according to a release from the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration.

The decision came down Nov. 21 from Acting Chief Administrative Law Judge Channing D. Strother and followed an investigation by the Agricultural Marketing Service, as well as corrective action taken by JBS USA, including adjustments to its carcass tracking procedures and software.

Under the consent decision, JBS agreed to remit amounts owed to livestock sellers resulting from the inaccurate recording of weights, grades and prices of carcasses, as well as pay a $50,000 civil penalty.

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