Prosecutors have convicted an employee at a Minnesota chicken-processing plant of having intentionally contaminated 56,000 pounds of chicken over the summer. Thirty-seven-year-old Faye Slye’s actions lead to a massive recall of poultry after she put contaminants on chicken products.
GNP Company’s “Gold ’n Plump” and “Just BARE” branded chicken, produced between June 6 and 9, 2016, were found with sand and black soil contamination, according to Fox News.
After discovering the tainted product, GNP Company called the Cold Spring-Richmond Police Department, which investigated the incident along with help from the FBI.
The investigation led them to Slye, who reportedly confessed to the crime after two key points of evidence were found. First, GNP surveillance footage reportedly showed Slye displaying “suspicious behavior” on June 7 and 8, pointing police to her. Second, forensic evidence was found on the sleeves of her shirt.
Slye reportedly admitted that she had filled bags with dirt and sand in the plant’s parking lot, and used the contents to ruin the chicken product.
After Slye contaminated the chicken, the ruined meat was shipped nationwide and used by foodservice operations and in retail distribution.
According to Food Safety News, the June recall was the second time in 2016 in which “ash or dirt turned up in tubs of chicken meat.” Almost 28 tons of poultry was recalled and destroyed due to Slye’s actions.
After confessing, Slye was convicted of two counts of causing damage to property in the first degree, which is a felony. She has been sentenced to 90 days in prison, 5-years’ probation, and she must also pay $200,000 to the company in restitution for the recall.
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