Sysco Corporation, the largest U.S. food distribution company, along with its seven California Operating Companies (OpCos), will pay almost $20 million dollars in restitution, costs and penalties for the company’s illegal practice of holding perishable foods – such as seafood, milk and raw meat – in unrefrigerated sheds. Reportedly, Sysco food trucks would deliver some small food orders to unrefrigerated and unsanitary sheds. That food would then be picked up later by other employees who would use their personal vehicles to deliver the unsafely held food to restaurants, hotels, hospitals and schools.
In addition to paying $15 million in penalties, Sysco agreed to pay more than $4 million in restitution, including a $1 million food contribution to food banks throughout California and $3.3 million for the cost of a 5-year statewide program that will fund inspectors for the enforcement of food transportation laws. Sysco is also now required to develop a comprehensive food safety program to ensure that these practices are not repeated.
Source: Corporate Crime Reporter
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