The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Monday that Jim Johnson of Downey was also ordered to pay more than $300,000 in restitution.READ MORE: 15-Year-Olds Wounded In Windsor Shooting Near Michael Hill Park
The 67-year-old pleaded guilty in November to federal charges of falsifying inspection documents.
Johnson worked as a consultant for Huntington Meat Packing, a former processing and distribution company in Montebello.READ MORE: Apple: Blindsided, Handcuffed By Trump Administration Demand For Swalwell Data
Prosecutors say he knowingly provided federal food safety inspectors with papers that stated a beef sample had tested negative for E. coli, when in fact it had tested positive for the pathogen.
Johnson’s actions led to the recall of more than five million pounds of beef products.
A Petaluma meat processing facility worker was sentenced to prison for his role in a scheme to distribute adulterated, misbranded, and uninspected meat.MORE NEWS: COVID Recovery: BART Increases Saturday Service; Weekend Use On The Rebound
That worker admitted to placing heads of healthy cows next to the carcasses of cows that showed signs of cancer of the eye in an effort to sidestep inspectors.