February 22, 2019

Worcester market settles food safety violations

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J&W Aseda Plaza, at 753 Main St. in Worcester, was found to have sold meat products not inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

J&W Aseda Plaza, a food market in Main South in Worcester, has settled a range of food safety violations uncovered by federal investigators.

The market, at 753 Main St., was found to have sold meat products not inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for Massachusetts. The market also failed to maintain appropriate business records on the purchase and sale of these products, the office said.

The settlement announced Thursday does not levy any fines or penalties against J&W Aseda Plaza. The market, owned by Vida and Wilton Causey, agreed it will not violate food safety laws and will be subject to strict penalties if violations are found in the future.

USDA investigators will be given broad access to the store for surveillance.

"The sale of uninspected meat products is a significant health risk to consumers," U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said in a statement. "This consent decree is designed to prevent this business, and its owners, from further jeopardizing the health of customers."

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