Tyson Foods Alleges Meat Inspector Lied in Lawsuit Against USDA

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Tyson Foods is suing the USDA.  It claims it had to destroy 8,000 carcasses because a federal meat inspector lied about checking hogs at a plant in Iowa.

Tyson Foods say Yolanda Thompson, who works for the USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service, signed certificates suggesting she checked slaughtered hogs at a plant in Storm Lake, Iowa in March 2018.

The suit claims video footage indicated Thompson never entered the plant and actually approved inspections while sitting in her car.

The meat processor alleges the agency knew of Thompson's inadequate inspection practices and physical difficulties walking around the plant.

Tyson Foods is suing for $2.4 million.