Tuesday, November 28, 2000

Meat firm admits to additives

By Susan Vela
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — A wholesale meat company and its president will likely pay more than $65,000 for adulterating and misbranding poultry products that contained an illegal amount of flour, soy protein and other unclear ingredients.

        Raymond Niemayer Jr., president of Heringer Meats Inc., appeared in U.S. District Court on Monday. Mr. Niemayer acknowledged that he and Heringer had prepared adulterated, misbranded meat in early 1998.

        He will be sentenced Feb. 26 before U.S. District Judge Joseph Hood of Frankfort, now handling some Northern Kentucky criminal cases, on two misdemeanor counts of preparing adulterated meat. Mr. Niemayer is likely to face some probation time, Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Voorhees said.

        The fees that he and the company must pay, according to plea negotiations, break down to $19,084 in restitution, $16,000 in investigative costs and $30,000 in corporate fines.

        Ms. Voorhees said only those allergic to soy faced health risks from consuming the misbranded products.

        When originally indicted in June, Heringer faced 52 individual counts for preparing misbranded meats that that went to various locations, including the Cincinnati Job Corps Center, Kenton County Jail, Northern Kentucky Head Start in Newport, and Northern Kentucky Youth Development Center in Crittenden.


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