This $6.8 million in fines represents one of the largest fines ever relating to food safety.
Quality Egg LLC, the corrupt Iowa egg factory farm owned by convicted animal abuser Austin "Jack" DeCoster and his son Peter, will pay $6.8 million in fines for heinous crimes that involve attempted bribery of a USDA inspector and selling contaminated eggs that caused a nationwide salmonella outbreak in 2010. This represents one of the largest fines ever relating to food safety.
Today, Jack and Peter DeCoster both pled guilty to charges that included introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce. They face up to one year in federal prison without the possibility of parole and up to $100,000 in personal fines.
It should come as no surprise that while the DeCosters were busy poisoning thousands of innocent Americans, they were also abusing millions of animals.
In 2009, Quality Egg was convicted of 10 counts of animal cruelty and ordered to pay over $130,000 in fines and restitution following a Mercy For Animals undercover investigation. That investigation documented hens suffocating in trash cans, chickens kicked into manure pits to drown in liquid feces, and workers whipping birds around by their heads in cruel attempts to break their necks.
The DeCosters should be punished to the fullest extent of the law for their crimes.
Want to help stop monsters like Jack and Peter DeCoster? You can do so every time you sit down to eat. GO VEGAN!