Midamar founder William Aossey Jr. testified Thursday that changing U.S. Department of Agriculture labels and documents, which are required under law, for halal beef products isn't a criminal offense.

"It's a minor labeling infraction, nothing criminal about it," Aossey said more than once when asked by his attorney and the prosecutor.

Aossey admitted to changing the establishment number belonging to PM Beef in Windom, Minn., to another number belonging to J.F. O'Neill Packing Co. in Omaha, Neb., because PM wasn't approved to export beef to Malaysia and Indonesia during the years 2007 to 2010.

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