The two men who were charged last week with illegally slaughtering swine and selling the meat are appearing in federal court on Friday for a hearing.
Gelio Hernandez, 50, of Hialeah and Angel Busurot, 46, of Miami owned and operated the unincorporated slaughterhouse known as Finca El Novillo on Northwest 122nd Avenue in Miami-Dade. They slaughtered swine and goats and also processed, handled, stored and sold the meat and meat food products at the site for human consumption.
The report from the U.S. attorneys office described the unsanitary conditions of the handling and preparation of the meat that was sold as food. Without being inspected and approved according to the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the meat may have become contaminated and been rendered harmful to health.
The two men were also charged with killing the animals without first rendering the swine insensible to pain, which is illegal under the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act. This law requires that animals should not be able to feel prior to being shackled, hoisted, thrown cast or cut.