Plea deal calls for egg company to pay $6.8M fine

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) _ An Iowa company has agreed to pay $6.8 million in fines
for crimes that include selling the tainted eggs that caused a nationwide
salmonella outbreak in 2010.

A plea agreement filed Monday by federal prosecutors calls for Quality Egg to
plead guilty Tuesday to charges of bribery, selling misbranded eggs and
introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce.

The company is admitting that, between 2006 and 2010, it intentionally sold
eggs to customers in Arizona, California and elsewhere with false labels that
disguised how old they were.

The company says its employees twice bribed a U.S. Department of Agriculture
inspector in 2010 to approve eggs that didn't meet federal quality standards.

Company owners Austin and Peter DeCoster are expected to plead guilty Tuesday
to introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce.

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