Virginia man arraigned for allegedly reselling garbage meat

Oh Virginia, the state, you never cease to amaze. reports Rodney L. Sparks, of Monrovia, was indicted in June in Warren County, Va., Circuit Court on 10 counts of offering adulterated and misbranded meat for sale.

The criminal complaint against Sparks alleges that he took packages of unsold meat from a trash bin in Berryville, Va., and then tried to resell them, according to court documents.

The 10 counts stem from alleged incidents from Aug. 19, 2011, to Jan. 29.

F.C. Lamneck, an enforcement officer with Virginia’s Office of Meat and Poultry Services, who signed the complaint, described the meat as “temperature abused, freezer burned, putrid, decomposed, unsound, unhealthful, unwholesome, and [appearing to be] unfit for human consumption,” according to the criminal complaint.

The packages were traced to a Food Lion in Berryville, Va. The meat was identified by a manager as originally being from the Food Lion, documents state.

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