Federal prosecutors filed charges Wednesday against a Galt, Iowa egg company and two executives blamed in a 2010 salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands of people.
Austin "Jack" DeCoster and his son Peter DeCoster were charged with introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce, a misdemeanor. They allegedly sold shell eggs that were poisonous for several months in 2010.
Their company, Quality Egg LLC, is charged with introducing misbranded food into interstate commerce, a felony. Quality Egg allegedly sold products for years with labeling that "made the eggs appear to be not as old as they actually were." The company is also charged with bribing a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector.
The outbreak led to an unprecedented recall of 550 million eggs.