TAMPA — A Citrus Park man faces a federal charge of killing livestock inhumanely.
Jorge F. Ortega, 27, slaughtered swine "without first rendering the swine insensible to pain, as required by law," a grand jury indictment alleges.
He also is accused of offering meat unfit for human consumption and offering meat that has not passed an inspection.
All three offenses occurred on or about Oct. 27, 2011, the court record states. Such activities are regulated by the Federal Meat Inspection Act and the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.
In November 2012, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office arrested Ortega on a charge of selling horse meat for human consumption. He pleaded not guilty and was permitted to enter a pretrial intervention program.