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The Legal Consequences of Fraud in Quality Control


The Quality Control Manager for New England Meat Packing Company has entered a guilty plea that could result in a five-year prison sentence.  Debbie L. Smith participated with the owner of the company in submitting fraudulent microbiological reports purporting to show absence of E. coli when in fact specimens were not submitted to an external laboratory.  The fabricated results were uncovered during an audit by FSIS and involved 52 carcass swabs and 36 phony documents.