IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A manager at the Iowa egg farms linked to the 2010 salmonella outbreak has pleaded guilty to his role in a conspiracy to bribe an inspector to allow the sale of unapproved eggs.
Former DeCoster Farms manager Tony Wasmund acknowledged in a hearing in Sioux City that he conspired to bribe a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector in order to sell restricted eggs and misbranded food.
Wasmund was a manager in the companies owned by Jack DeCoster, whose egg production operations were blamed for the outbreak that caused the recall of 550 million eggs and sickened hundreds.
Wasmund admitted he authorized giving $300 in cash to be used by another employee to influence the inspector to approve the sale of eggs that'd been withheld for failing to meet USDA standards.
RYAN J. FOLEY
The Associated Press