Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
11:32 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Court Dismisses Lawsuit on California Hen Cages

Egg producers are worried about California's cage requirements.
Will Curran/Flickr

A federal district court has upheld a California law requiring eggs sold in the state to come from hens housed in more spacious cages.

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News Buzz
1:53 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

"Unprecedented" Settlement Could Mean Jail Time for Elder DeCoster

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Seattle, Washington food safety lawyer Bill Marler, who represented some of those sickened in a 2010 salmonella outbreak caused by contaminated eggs.  This week a settlement was reached with Quality Egg and two of its top executives, Jack and Peter DeCoster.  Marler says Jack DeCoster comes to the court with a "checkered past," that could make jail time more likely in this case.

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Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
6:59 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Manager of Iowa Egg Farm Linked to Salmonella Admits Bribery

Shannon Miller

The manager at an Iowa Egg Farm implicated in a national salmonella outbreak will admit he tried to bribe a federal official to sign off on unsafe eggs.

In 2010 a salmonella scare spread across the country—500 million eggs were recalled and 2,000 people fell sick.

Now a federal prosecutor says the manager of the farm the bacterial outbreak was traced back to—Tony Wasmund—has agreed to plead guilty to attempting to bribe a public official. Wasmund apparently offered $300 to a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector to let eggs that didn’t pass muster go to market.

4:43 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Salmonella found again on Iowa farm

The bacteria salmonella heidelberg found on an egg farm in Clarion, Iowa.
Shannon Miller

It’s been two years since a salmonella outbreak was traced back to several Iowa farms—including Centrum Valley Farms. As Iowa Public Radio’s Sandhya Dirks reports, another strain of the deadly bacteria has re-appeared on that same farm.

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