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Egg titan, son plead guilty in food safety case

10 months ago June 03, 2014 Jun 3, 2014 Tuesday, June 03 2014 Tuesday, June 03, 2014 9:13:54 AM EDT in Health
Source: Associated Press

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - An egg industry titan, his son and the Iowa company they ran have pleaded guilty to federal food safety violations stemming from a salmonella outbreak in 2010.

Austin "Jack" DeCoster and his son, Peter DeCoster, pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor charges of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce.

A federal judge will decide later on their sentences. They could face up to a year in jail.

Their company, Quality Egg LLC, pleaded guilty to charges of bribing a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector, selling misbranded food and introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce.

The company has agreed to pay a $6.8 million fine under a plea deal that the judge is considering.

The outbreak sickened thousands and ruined the egg production empire that DeCoster built from scratch.

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