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    Dorchester grocery store settles over meat-inspection problems

    A Dorchester grocery store that was warned four times about selling uninspected meat and poultry has settled allegations that it violated food safety laws, according to the US Attorney’s office.

    US Attorney Andrew E. Lelling announced Tuesday that Phu Cuong Enterprises LLC at 1188 Dorchester Ave. has entered into a consent decree with the government to not violate the Federal Meat Inspection Act and the Poultry Products Inspection Act.

    The proposed consent decree has been filed with the court and is awaiting judicial approval, Lelling’s office said in a press release.


    The government filed its complaint after food inspectors found that Phu Cuong Market sold meat and poultry that had not been inspected by the United States Department of Agriculture and that “it failed to maintain appropriate business records concerning the purchases of these products,” Lelling’s office said.

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    The store had been warned by inspectors about the violations on four occasions since February 2014, according to federal prosecutors.

    “The sale of uninspected meat and poultry products is a significant health risk to consumers,” Lelling said in the press release. “Through this consent decree, we hope to prevent this business from jeopardizing the health of future customers.”

    Under the proposed consent decree, USDA investigators “will have broad access to Phu Cuong Market’s premises to inspect inventory and records, and the defendant will face significant monetary penalties for any further violations,” the press release said.

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