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Man fined $750K for moldy cheese
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MADISON - A Monroe man who re-sold moldy Mexican cheese in 2007 and lied about it to the Food and Drug Administration was sentenced last month in federal court in Chicago to one year probation and fined $750,000. The indictment issued in early 2012 alleged that: In April 2007, Miguel Leal, who formerly headed Mexican Cheese Producers Inc., of Darlington, received at the firm's Elmhurst, Ill. warehouse more than 100,000 pounds of cheese imported from Mexico. An FDA inspector ultimately ordered the cheese be destroyed after it tested positive for salmonella, E. coli, alkaline phosphatase, and staphylococcus, which, when consumed, can cause food poisoning and other illnesses.