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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

One Individual Indicted And Arrested For Distribution And Sale Of Meat And Poultry Products Without Inspection

Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office

District of Puerto Rico
Monday, May 11, 2015

SAN JUAN, P.R. – On May 7, 2015, a Federal grand jury returned a three
count indictment charging Daniel E. Martínez-Rivera, President and the
person responsible for the operations of Productos Dany, Inc., for dis-
tribution and sale of meat and poultry products without inspection, and
for refusing to provide a duly authorized representative of the Secre-
tary of Agriculture access to records, announced Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-
Vélez, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico. Martínez-
Rivera was arrested on May 8. The US Department of Agriculture, Food
Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) is in charge of the investi-

Beginning in August 2011, and continuing up to and until the return of
the instant Indictment, the defendant Daniel E. Martínez-Rivera, offered
for sale and sold in commerce meat and poultry products required to be
inspected and passed that were not so inspected and passed. On or about
September 4, 2013, the defendant, with reasonable time and notice refused
to provide a duly authorized representative of the Secretary of Agriculture
access to records.

“We have not received reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of
these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a health-
care provider,” stated Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, United States Attorney
for the District of Puerto Rico.

The case is being investigated by the US Department of Agriculture and pro-
secuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mariana Bauzá-Almonte. An indictment
contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presu-
med to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.

USAO - District of Puerto Rico

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