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Wisconsin distributor sentenced in butter contamination

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal magistrate judge has fined a Wisconsin company $4,000 for shipping contaminated butter between states.

  U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen L. Crocker also sentenced Woodville Warehousing and Distributing to a year of probation on Tuesday.

  Prosecutors say a state inspector visited the Woodville company in May 2003.

  The inspector found contaminated butter and equipment that wasn't approved for dairy processing.

  About 86,000 pounds of butter had already been shipped from Wisconsin to Minnesota.

  The inspector put a hold on another 200,000 pounds.

  A pair of dairy traders from North Central Companies in Minnesota -- Mark Anderson and Steve Perkins -- worked with Woodville to repackage and sell the butter in May 2003.

  They've pleaded to criminal misdemeanors and are scheduled for sentencing Dec. 16.

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