Hallmark Meat Packing Co. has been assessed a $20,000 civil penalty following a recent decision by the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA), says a report by meatingplace.com.

According to the report, operators Donald W. Hallmark and Donald R. Hallmark have been ordered to cease and desist from:

  • failing to pay sellers for the sale of their livestock within the time period required by the Packers and Stockyards Act;
  • improperly reporting hot carcass weights to livestock sellers;
  • failing to maintain a printed record of accurate hot carcass weights; and
  • paying livestock sellers on the basis improperly recorded and reported hot carcass weights.

In addition to the fine, meatingplace.com said that the Hallmarks have been ordered to "keep accounts, records and memoranda that fully and correctly disclose all transactions involved in their business," GIPSA said.

GIPSA had filed charges against Hallmark on April 15, 2008, two months after being implicated along with Westland Meat Co. in the largest beef recall in U.S. history, which stemmed from abusive animal handling practices at a Chino, Calif., plant.

Reportedly, Hallmark/Westland still owes $67.2 million for the cost of the recall of 143 million pounds of product.

Source: Meatingplace.com