Natural Prairie Dairy Products factory in St. Croix, Wisc., has a long history of animal welfare violations, including the deaths of at least four of its employees.
It’s owned by the family of former CEO Tim Paine.
In 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture ordered the company to stop manufacturing dairy products in the U,D.P.I., and the following year, the company settled with the agency.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported in August that a federal investigation found that employees of Natural Prairie had falsified records to avoid paying their workers’ compensation insurance.
(It did not say how much Natural Prairie paid to the families of those workers.)
The company has been at the center of a scandal involving animal welfare, too.
A former manager pleaded guilty to federal charges in October that included embezzling funds from the company.
Paine resigned in January and is serving a three-year prison sentence.
The company denied any wrongdoing.
Natural Prairie has not responded to multiple requests for comment from The Washington Times.