Egg titan, son to plead guilty in food safety case

This egg shown by University of North Dakota researcher Tom Henderson on Friday, May 30, 2014, is from the Schiltz Goose Farm in Roberts County, S.D. A goose egg is three to five times larger than a chicken egg. Avianax uses the yokes from goose eggs to make an antibody that is being used as a treatment for canine parvovirus. (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack)
This egg shown by University of North Dakota researcher Tom Henderson on Friday, May 30, 2014, is from the Schiltz Goose Farm in Roberts County, S.D. A goose egg is three to five times larger than a chicken egg. Avianax uses the yokes from goose eggs to make an antibody that is being used as a treatment for canine parvovirus. (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack)

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A self-made titan in the egg production industry, his son and the Iowa company they ran are expected to plead guilty to federal food safety violations stemming from a 2010 salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands.

Austin “Jack” DeCoster and Peter DeCoster are scheduled to enter guilty pleas Tuesday in Sioux City to misdemeanor charges of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce. U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett will decide later on their sentences, which could include a year in custody.

Their company, Quality Egg LLC, is expected to plead 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 agreement that Bennett will also consider.

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