Bad Eggs: Company, Executives Charged For Salmonella Outbreak

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

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.

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