Minneapolis market owner cited for selling tainted guinea pig meat

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A city inspection report says a Minneapolis market owner has been issued a $1,000 citation for five violations, including the sale of tainted guinea pig meat at a festival in the city in August, the Star Tribune reports.

According to city officials, more than 80 people fell ill after eating salmonella-tainted food that New York Plaza Produce owner Nieves Riera sold at the Ecuadorian Independence Festival Aug. 11, including guinea pig meat.

In the report, inspectors found that Riera purchased the guinea pigs from unlicensed suppliers, and that the business owner admits to slaughtering the animals in the back area of the market -- which is "not a slaughter house and live animals are not allowed on the premises."

The report also found that the source of the cooked pork the market served at the festival was not from "an approved wholesaler."

Riera has until the end of the month to pay the $1,000 fine.

While guinea pig meat is a rarity here, it is considered a delicacy in other countries.

A food critic with Canoe.ca last month said he while never intended on dining on guinea pig meat in Peru, he found it to be a "delicious dish."

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