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Illinois Company Fined $130,000 and Executive Sentenced to Prison for Shipping Undeclared Hazardous Materials (HazMat) on Commercial Aircraft

On July 27, Silesia Flavorings, Inc. (SFI) the U.S. subsidiary of an international flavoring extracts company, and its executive vice president, Ortwin Winter, were sentenced in U.S. District Court in Chicago, IL in connection with the illegal transportation of flammable liquids on a commercial flight. SFI was fined $130,000, and Winter was sentenced to three months in prison and fined $5,000. SFI and Winter pled guilty in June 2005 to a felony count of transporting flammable liquids in violation of HazMat regulations, and to a misdemeanor of misbranding HazMat respectively. Winter admitted that, in order to satisfy customer demand for quick delivery, he encouraged an SFI salesman, Juan Carlos Rodas-Misa, to place flammable liquids in his personal luggage stowed on board the aircraft. The plea and sentencing of Rodas-Misa is scheduled for August 2005.