According to letters received by victims of the 2010 Salmonella Outbreak that sickened 2000 and forced the recall of 500,000,0000 eggs, U.S. District Judge Mark W. Bennett has scheduled a February sentencing for the father and son whose Iowa egg farms were linked to the outbreak.
U.S. District Judge Mark W. Bennett ruled Thursday that Quality Egg owners Austin “Jack” DeCoster and Peter DeCoster will be sentenced during hearings that begin February 9, 2015 in Sioux City and could last five days.
The DeCosters pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce. They face up to one year in jail, but their attorney is arguing for a fine and probation.
Quality Egg also faces a fine after pleading guilty to bribing a federal inspector, selling misbranded food and introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce. The fine may be as much as $7,000,000.