USDA Files Complaint Against Kelaguen Maker for Lack of Sanitary Inspections

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Guam – The U. S. Department of Agriculture has filed a complaint against R. Tenorio’s Home Industry, a local company that produces poultry products such as chicken kelaguen.

The complaint, filed in District Court, alleges that Rick Tenorio, owner of the company, sold non-federally inspected chicken kelaguen to various retail stores between June 2001 and March 2012. Some of the stores include 7-day supermarket, Green Supermarket, T&J Mart, SJ Market, Happy Mart, and Fine Store, among other markets on island.

The USDA says the chicken kelaguen were sold against the Poultry Products Inspection Act. The complaint also says that Tenorio had been notified that he failed to get a sanitary inspection for the meat products but that Tenorio ignored the warnings.

In court papers, the USDA says Tenorio provided a signed statement admitting that he had been selling the products but that he would continue to do so “in violation of the PPIA for the survival of his business.”

Tenorio declined an on-camera interview with us today but said that he’s currently working with the USDA to correct some inaccuracies in the federal complaint.