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MASSACHUSETTS COMPANY AND OFFICERS CONVICTED AND SENTENCED FOR SELLING RANCID MEAT TO FEDERAL PRISONERS IN TENNESSEE

 BOSTON, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- A Woburn food products brokerage and distribution company, Universal Group, Inc., and two company officers, President Thomas A. Katz, and Thomas Marshall, the former president of the commodities divisions of the company, have pleaded guilty and been sentenced in federal court for distributing adulterated meat food product.
 United States Attorney A. John Pappalardo announced that on Oct. 28, 1993, Thomas A. Katz, of 58 Chandler Rd., Burlington, Mass., and Thomas Marshall, 140 Heritage Dr., Tewksbury, Mass., and the company for which both men worked, Universal Group, Inc., 500 West Cummings Pk., Suite 4050, Woburn, Mass., pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Edward F. Harrington for violation of meat food safety laws. Katz and Marshall were both fined $2,000, and the Company was fined $10,000. A federal prosecutor stated that on Jan. 1, 1992, the defendants sold at significant discount over one hundred boxes of beef patties that were rancid, sour, and unfit for human consumption to the Federal Correctional Institution in Memphis, Tenn.
 The case was investigated by Compliance Officers of the United States Department of Agriculture, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen A. Higginson of Pappalardo's Major Crimes Unit.
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 /CONTACT: Press Officer of the U.S. Attorney's Office, 617-223-9445/


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