Tyson Sues USDA Over SL Pork Plant Inspections

Tyson Foods is suing the U-S Department of Agriculture in federal court over USDA inspections at its Storm Lake pork plant.

Tyson claims a fraudulent inspection, in March of last year, cost the company 2.4-million dollars. The suit claims inspector Doctor Yolanda Thompson failed to conduct an inspection of 46-hundred hogs before they were slaughtered. Tyson alleged videos show Thompson never entered the pre-slaughter holding area, and instead, sat in her car and signed the inspection cards. The carcasses had then been moved to an area containing eight-thousand carcasses and it was impossible to determine the ones that hadn’t been inspected.

The suit also alleges the USDA knew about deficiencies in Thompson’s inspections, and did nothing about it.

The suit is asking for at least two-point-four million dollars in damages, plus all other relief the court sees necessary. The USDA in November denied Tyson’s claim for damages, leaving Tyson with the option of filing the lawsuit.