USDA Settles Packers and Stockyards Case Against Chaudhry Meat Company, d.b.a. Chaudhry Halal Meats

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 9:30am
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Release No.: 108-19

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20, 2019 – As part of its commitment to ensuring fair and competitive markets for the livestock, meat and poultry industries, on July 30, 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) entered into a stipulation agreement with Chaudhry Meat Company, doing business as Chaudhry Halal Meats (Chaudhry) for alleged violations of the Packers and Stockyards (P&S) Act. Under the terms of the stipulation agreement, Chaudhry waived its right to a hearing and paid a penalty of $350.

An investigation by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service revealed that Chaudhry failed to pay timely for seven livestock transactions totaling  $23,941 from Oct. 24, 2018 through Nov. 29, 2018.

The P&S Act requires subject entities to issue the full payment for livestock by the close of the first business day following the purchase and transfer of possession. Failure to pay for livestock purchases when due is a violation of the P&S Act.

The P&S Act authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to assess civil penalties up to $28,061 per violation against any person after notice and opportunity for hearing on the record.  USDA may offer alleged violators the option of waiving their right to a hearing and enter into a stipulation agreement to quickly resolve alleged violations.

The P&S Act is a fair trade practice and payment protection law that promotes fair and competitive marketing environments for the livestock, meat and poultry industries.

For further information about the Packers and Stockyards Act, contact Stuart Frank, Packers and Stockyards Division, at (515) 323-2586, or by email at stuart.frank@usda.gov.

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