Iowa-based egg producer Quality Egg pleaded guilty to, and agreed to a $6.8M fine for, bribing USDA food safety inspectors and violating food safety rules which ultimately led to a nationwide salmonella outbreak in 2010. If accepted by the court, it will be one of the largest payments ever made related to food safety. Quality Egg’s owner, Jack DeCoster, and his son Peter, also pleaded guilty to one count of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce. Whistleblower Insider
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