WASHINGTON – The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) reached a consent decision with Greeley, Colorado-based JBS USA LLC, also known as Swift Beef Company (JBS Swift), for alleged violations of the Packers and Stockyards (P&S) Act.

An AMS investigation revealed JBS Swift failed to maintain and operate its dynamic monorail scales to ensure accurate weights at its Cactus, Texas facility on Aug. 9, 2016, and Greeley, Colorado, facility on Dec. 1, 2016. AMS said JBS Swift used scales to weigh beef carcasses that recorded inaccurate or incorrect weights on accountings issued to sellers.

JBS Swift was informed of the violations and immediately adjusted the scales as evidenced in subsequent passing scale tests. JBS Swift paid a civil penalty of $29,000 and consented to maintain correct and accurate scales that record weights on scale tickets, internal records, kill sheets or other accounting issued to sellers of livestock.

The consent decision was signed by Acting Chief Administrative Law Judge, Channing D. Strother on June 28.