From the Dallas Morning News comes a story about the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Department of Agriculture settling a case involving the sale of “beef trimmings” intended for pets to the Bureau of Prisons, which was in turn fed to prisoners:
Prison food is no fun, but it’s better than what some unlucky federal prisoners apparently ate.
The inmates unknowingly ate pet food due to problems with the resale of meat from an East Texas food company that specializes in fajita meat, according to federal authorities.[…]
It involved raw “beef trimmings” that were intended for pet food cans but ended up being eaten by humans.[…]
John Soules Foods had problems “getting some of their beef trimmings product to freeze properly,” authorities said.
As a result, the company sold some boxes of those trimmings to a meat broker who agreed to sell it as pet food, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The boxes were not marked as pet food.
That broker violated the agreement and sold the trimmings to another broker for human food. Some of it ended up being sold to the Federal Bureau of Prisons for human consumption.
“There is no evidence that anyone who consumed any of the ‘beef trimmings’ product suffered any ill effects,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
In an environment where correctional systems pay in the range of $1.25to $2.06per day to feed a prisoner, it’s little wonder that no one immediately noticed a price discrepancy between the pet food and “real” food. Left unsaid is how the unfortunate souls served Ken-L-Ration’s thought it compared to standard mainline fare.