Settlement reached in “Pollogate”

American poultry giant Tyson Foods Inc. has resolved U.S. civil and criminal allegations that it bribed to meat-processing plant inspectors in Mexico.

Background info per The Wall Street Journal:

The [Justice] Department alleged that Tyson’s Mexican subsidiary paid about $90,000 between 2004 and 2006 to two publicly employed veterinarians who inspected its Mexican plants. The subsidiary made the payments to keep the veterinarians from disrupting the operations of the meat-production facilities, the department said.

The allegations were brought under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which bars U.S. companies and those that trade on U.S. exchanges from paying bribes to foreign officials to obtain a business benefit.

The amount Tyson will have to spork over? A hefty $5.2 million, or what in layman’s terms equals to a shit ton of Kentucky Fried Buches.

Somewhere in heaven, late television presenter Paco Stanley is dancing “El Gallinazo” with a little extra oomph today.

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