CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A former manager at an Iowa-based halal food supplier has been given three years of probation for conspiring to export misbranded beef products for sale in Malaysia, Indonesia and elsewhere.
Federal prosecutors say 50-year-old Philip Payne, of Ryan, Iowa, was sentenced Thursday. He'd pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy.
Prosecutors say that between April 2007 and December 2009, Payne conspired with other employees of Midamar Corp., of Cedar Rapids, to mislead regulators and customers about the source and nature of Midamar's beef products, how cattle were slaughtered and the level of adherence to halal standards.
Halal products are supposed to meet Islamic standards of manufacture, meaning they are not to be contaminated with pork or alcohol, and that livestock is slaughtered in accordance with Shariah law.