In November, an employee at a meatpacking facility in Oregon pleaded guilty to violating the Food Safety Modernization Act by manufacturing and transporting a product that is unsafe to eat.
The man, Michael Brown, was sentenced to 90 days in jail, followed by 90 days of community service.
The factory was owned by a man named Jim O’Hara, who was also the president of the company.
He and Brown allegedly used a company computer to create fake emails that instructed workers to send fake emails, and also to set up fake Facebook accounts to communicate with each other.
The fake Facebook pages were set up in the name of a female employee who lived in the area.
Brown was also sentenced to 120 days in prison.
This was not the first time that a meat packing plant in Oregon has been investigated for food safety violations.
In March, the Portland City Council voted to prohibit all meatpacking operations in the city from hiring anyone who was not licensed to work in the industry.
This means that the only meatpacking workers in the country who can work in these facilities are those who have been certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as meatpacking employees.
In June, the Oregon Meatpacking Board ordered all meatpackers in the state to install electronic tracking devices on their trucks and trains.
The board says the devices will allow inspectors to identify the source of food and any hazardous substances.
On July 10, the USDA reported a record number of confirmed foodborne illnesses in the United States.
The agency said that since October of last year, an estimated 1.7 million Americans were diagnosed with foodborne illness, more than the number who had died in the entire war in Vietnam.
The number of cases increased by 6.5 percent from October to November, to 5,547, with the majority of the cases occurring in the northeast, the report said.
As of September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported more than 3,400 foodborne infections nationwide.