HOUSTON, Texas–A grocery store in Austin, Texas–MT Supermarket–allegedly sold and labeled beef penis, or “pizzle,” as human food. Two of the store’s employees are now facing a civil lawsuit.
According to KXAN News, the Texas Attorney’s Office filed the suit which claims the store’s manager, along with one worker, deliberately sold “non-inspected, adulterated and misbranded beef pizzle as human food.”
The meat was initially in a container “labeled inedible beef, not intended for use as human food.” The defendants apparently put the meat in consumer packaging and put a label on it claiming that the meat was inspected and intended for human consumption.
The store manager and employee could ultimately be fined up to $5,000 if the allegations against them are true.
According to Yahoo!News, pizzle is typically from a bull. It is commonly used in the U.S. in the making of dog treats. In some foreign cultures, humans apparently consume the beef penis in certain soups and drinks.