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Visit us at IFT Booth #4541 Enhance Quality Egg executives plead guilty to selling adulterated products Gluten-Free Texture and Mouth-feel Improve Gluten-Free foods by adding functional citrus fiber. * Natural, Clean-Label Ingredient * Improve Moisture Retention Throughout Shelf-life * Increase Strength and Structure * Easy to Use 715-425-7550 Product of the U.S.A. 44 FOODBUSINESS NEWS ® SIOUX CITY, IOWA - Austin "Jack" DeCoster and Peter DeCoster, both former executives with egg processor Quality Egg L.L.C., pleaded guilty June 3 in federal court in connection with the distribution of adulterated eggs in interstate commerce. Quality Egg was at the center of a Salmonella enteriditis outbreak in 2010 that prompted the recall of more than 500 million eggs. As part of their plea agreements, the company and the two executives admitted some shell eggs distributed by the company were adulterated. In addition, Quality Egg acknowledged that, on at least two occasions in 2010, its employees gave a cash bribe to a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector. The inspector's job included inspecting shell eggs at one or more of Quality Egg's production plants in Iowa. Quality Egg admitted its employees provided the bribe to the inspector, who is now deceased, for the release of pallets of retained eggs for sale without re-processing, which is required by law. The eggs had been retained for failing to meet U.S.D.A. quality grade standards. The DeCosters also pleaded guilty to introducing misbranded eggs into interstate commerce with the intent to defraud consumers and customers. As part of its plea agreement, Quality Egg admitted that, beginning around January 2006 and continuing through Aug. 12, 2010, its employees labeled egg shipments that indicated false expiration dates with the intent to mislead state regulators and retail egg customers regarding the true age of the eggs. Quality Egg acknowledged there were a number of ways the company mislabeled older eggs with newer processing Employees with Quality Egg L.L.C. labeled egg shipments that indicated false expiration dates with the intent to mislead state regulators and retail customers. and expiration dates prior to shipping the eggs to customers in California, Arizona and other states. Sometimes Quality Egg personnel did not put any processing or corresponding expiration dates on the eggs when they were processed. The eggs would be kept in storage for several days or up to several weeks. Then, just prior to shipping the eggs, Quality Egg personnel labeled the eggs with processing dates that were false. As part of his plea agreement, Austin DeCoster admitted he was the trustee of the trust that owned Quality Egg, and he exercised substantial control over the operation of the business and related entities and assets in Iowa. He acknowledged that he was the person ultimately responsible for the operations of Quality Egg and the various egg plants in Iowa associated with the company. Peter DeCoster admitted that as the chief operating officer of Quality Egg, he exercised some control over the production and distribution of shell eggs by Quality Egg and related entities and assets in Iowa. Both men face a maximum sentence of up to one year in prison or a term of probation of not more than five years; a fine equal to the greater of twice the gross gain or the gross loss resulting from the offense, or $100,000; and a term of supervised release after any imprisonment for up to one year. A sentencing date has not been set by the court. FBN June 17, 2014 http://www.citri-fi

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Food Business News - June 17, 2014
Tyson building a prepared foods powerhouse
Sodium reduction: Aiming at the target
Mid-year markets spotlight
Web Contents
Editorial - Preventing food fraud must be a priority
Peanut butter innovaton propels Smucker
Pinnacle opens pilot plant at Rutgers
Consumer interest in protein remains high
Trashing trillions of calories
Health science at the center of Nestle’s strategy
Nestle sees emerging markets as an e-commerce opportunity
McDonald’s U.S. sales still slipping
Innovation popping at Diamond Foods
Emerging natural and organic food and beverage trends
B&G Foods goes clubbing
C-suite focus shifting toward greater effi ciencies
Krispy Kreme looks to create buzz with licensed coff ee
Private label, sustainability shaping Hain Celestial’s strategy
Quality Egg executives plead guilty to selling adulterated products
Redefining food allergens
Have your cake and quinoa, too
Three snack makers to watch
Flavor mining
Ancient grains for modern trends
Ancient grains in America
All systems go on sustainability strategies
Targeting sodium reduction
General Mills launches Cheerios Protein
Wonka introduces Peel-a-Pops
Ready Pac expands on-the-go meals
Pacifi c Foods adds to hummus offerings
Big chicken fi llet sandwiches debut
Breyers off ers gluten-free ice cream
oCrunch and Kellogg’s partner to create cereal bowl
Stoneridge Orchards launches new dried whole fruit products
GoOrganic debuts fruit chews
popchips rolls out veggie chip line
On the Border debuts smart menu selections
Annie’s announces snack and mini meal kits
Gold’n Plump upgrades frozen chicken patties
Ingredient Market Trends - U.S.D.A. raises U.S. and world wheat ending stocks forecasts
Ingredient Markets
Supplier Innovations and News
Ad Index
Food Business in the News

Food Business News - June 17, 2014