Miami Couple Arrested for Contaminated Cheese Smuggling

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Cheese smuggling sounds like some sort of weird euphemism, but in this case we really mean that two people in Miami have been arrested for smuggling contaminated cheese into the country. Yuri Izurieta, 41, and Anneri Izurieta, 46, husband and wife, and their company, Naver Trading Corp., have been indicted on smuggling charges. Feds claim that besides the smuggling, the couple sold cheese that they knew to be contaminated with bacteria like salmonella.

The couple had been importing cheese and other dairy products for years, but the Food and Drug Administration took away their authorization to do so after they informed them they thought some of the cheeses they were importing were contaminated. Though the couple's company continued to import cheese with out any FDA inspection.

The FDA caught wind of the stench, and alleges that the Izurieta were selling cheese that they knew to be contaminated. Though, no one is believed to have gotten from sick from the cheese.

Now this may seem like a somewhat small case, but it did take the following people and federal agencies to collaborate on the arrests: Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Anthony V. Mangione, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations, Miami Field Office, and David Bourne, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigation. Good team work, guys.

The couple has been charged with six counts of smuggling and one count of conspiracy. The conspiracy charges carries a maximum jail sentence of five years, while each smuggling charge could bring 20 years in prison.

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Jbistro
Jbistro

are you effing kidding me!!!! These two people could get up to 125 years in prision over some unpasturized St. Andre!?! So happy that we are using the department of "homeland defence" to wipe the obvious threat to our National Security (can you smell the sarcasim?) This stinks worse than Stilton and not in a good way.

kanopemainer
kanopemainer

To quote: "" The FDA caught wind of the stench, and alleges that the Izurieta were selling cheese that they knew to be contaminated. Though, no one is believed to have gotten from sick from the cheese.

Now this may seem like a somewhat small case, but it did take the following people and federal agencies to collaborate on the arrests: Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Anthony V. Mangione, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations, Miami Field Office, and David Bourne, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigation. Good team work, guys. "" High profile highly paid agents. Maybe these agents smelled their own feet after running to find curdled milk ?

Uhhuh
Uhhuh

Hahha, yep. I bet thats exactly what you would be saying when your child or elderly parent dies from eating cheese with Salmonella in it....

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