Say "bad cheese": Food contamination leads to criminal prosecution
Prosecutors have indicted four people they say ignored U.S. Food and Drug Administration orders and distributed more than 110,000 pounds of imported Mexican cheese contaminated with salmonella, E. coli and other potentially harmful bacteria.
The U.S. attorney's office in Chicago says the suspects even scraped mold and fungus off 35- and 40-pound wheels of the Mexican cheese that unhappy customers had returned so they could be resold.
(That really is bad)
Prosecutors said there's no evidence anyone became ill eating the cheese.
A Wisconsin company distributing the products under the name Queso Cincho De Guerrero to Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Georgia and Texas issued a recall in 2007.
To cover up the distribution, the defendants allegedly sent false documentation to the FDA. They're charged with violating food safety laws.