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Egg titan, son to plead guilty in food safety case

FILE - This Sept. 22, 2010 combination of file photos shows Quality Egg LLC owner Austin “Jack” DeCoster, left, and its chief operating officer, Peter DeCoster on Capitol Hill in Washington. According to a plea agreement released Monday, June 2, 2014 both DeDosters are expected to plead guilty to introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce. The deal calls for the company to pay $6.8 million and each of the DeCosters to pay $100,000 in fines for selling old eggs with false labels and the tainted products that caused a nationwide salmonella outbreak in 2010. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, file)

FILE - This Sept. 22, 2010 combination of file photos shows Quality Egg LLC owner Austin “Jack” DeCoster, left, and its chief operating officer, Peter DeCoster on Capitol Hill in Washington. According to a plea agreement released Monday, June 2, 2014 both DeDosters are expected to plead guilty to introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce. The deal calls for the company to pay $6.8 million and each of the DeCosters to pay $100,000 in fines for selling old eggs with false labels and the tainted products that caused a nationwide salmonella outbreak in 2010. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, file)

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 were expected to enter guilty pleas yesterday in Sioux City, Iowa, to misdemeanor charges of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce. U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett will decide 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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