Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
Thu September 13, 2012
Manager of Iowa Egg Farm Linked to Salmonella Admits Bribery
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.
In a related twist, the same farm—now under new ownership-- was found to have a different strain of salmonella in two of its six poultry houses just last week.