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January 3, 2020

Worcester store allegedly sold uninspected meat

Photo | Google Makola Market in Worcester

Makola Market, a food store on Main Street in Webster Square in Worcester, allegedly continually violated food safety laws in selling meat that was not federally inspected.

The offices of U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling announced the alleged violations Friday, saying Makola Market had agreed to resolve the allegations by, in part, giving investigators broad access for inspecting the premises and business records in the future. Makola Market would face significant penalties if it further violated the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the office said.

U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors repeatedly issued written warnings to Makola Market and its owner and manager, Comfort Russell, Lelling's office said. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service cited the store for failing to maintain business records of the purchase and sale of the meat products, which the USDA said it did not inspect for sale.

In USDA inspectors' latest review of the restaurant, Makola Market was offering for sale uncooked beef heads that were not federally inspected.

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