PETALUMA (CBS/AP) – A second defendant has pleaded guilty in a case alleging that a Northern California slaughterhouse at the center of a massive recall processed and distributed tainted beef.
Eugene Corda, an employee of Petaluma-based Rancho Feeding Corp., entered the plea to one count of aiding and abetting in the distribution of adulterated, misbranded and uninspected meat earlier this month.READ MORE: San Francisco Police Locate Yorkshire Terrier Stolen During Brazen Vehicle Break-In
A co-owner of the slaughterhouse, Robert Singleton, also pleaded guilty to the same charge in August. The two other defendants, co-owner Jesse Amaral Jr. and Felix Cabrera, are still facing charges. They have pleaded not guilty.READ MORE: COVID Reopening: Excitement Builds As Hours Count Down To State's Reopening
Federal prosecutors say the owners schemed with employees to slaughter about 79 cows with skin cancer of the eye.
The plant’s operations were halted in February after a series of beef recalls.MORE NEWS: UPDATE: Temperatures Will Soar Into Triple Digits By Mid-Week
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