Two companies charged in a US court for conspiring to export misbranded beef products to Malaysia, Indonesia and other markets have pleaded guilty, said an Associated Press report. In a plea agreement, Midamar Corp and Islamic Services of America (ISA) pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to make false statements on export certificates, sell misbranded meat and commit wire fraud, among other offences.
With the plea bargain, each company will be required to forfeit USD 600,000 in proceeds, on top of a possible probation term and an additional fine at sentencing. The two companies were hauled up before the federal court last December for selling at least USD 4.9 million worth of beef to Malaysia, Indonesia and other countries that were labelled halal despite flouting Islamic practices.
(Source – http://www.blackseagrain.net/novosti/us-companies-plead-guilty-to-mislabelling-halal-beef-exports)