USDA Fines National Beef $32,500 Civil Penalty

By: AP, Posted by Chelsey Moran
By: AP, Posted by Chelsey Moran

ICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Federal regulators have fined National Beef Packing Co. a $32,500 civil penalty as part of a consent agreement stemming from the company's practices with livestock sellers.

The Agriculture Department's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, or GIPSA as it is more commonly known, has also issued cease and desist orders to the Kansas City, Mo.-based company over the allegations.

GIPSA ordered the company to give livestock sellers an accurate accounting of the cattle purchased and to correct freight charge deductions. It also ordered the company to tell sellers about data errors that affect prices paid for cattle, and to stop using an inaccurate scale for determining livestock carcass weights.

National Beef did not immediately return a call for comment.


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