The Utah Department of Agriculture and the FBI recovered three tons of stolen turkey breasts illegally sold in Utah, said a Utah Department of Agriculture press release. None of the breasts, however, posed a threat to consumers.
The turkey was reported missing March 19 when a shipment of about 332 cases, nearly six tons which was priced at approximately $26,500, failed to arrive at a destination in New Jersey, said the release. Apparently, the semitrailer delivery truck's driver made a stop in Utah and allegedly tried to sell the turkey to grocery stores in the Salt Lake area.Agriculture investigators discovered 169 cases at Security Foods in American Fork, according to the release. The location of the other 163 cases is unknown.
Douglas Pearson, supervisor of UDA's meat compliance program, said the meat remained frozen at the time of sale and is safe for consumption.