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Iowa egg company pays $6.8 million after salmonella outbreak

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An Iowa company has agreed to pay $6.8 million in fines for crimes that include selling the tainted eggs that caused a nationwide salmonella outbreak in 2010.

Federal prosecutors filed the plea agreement Monday. Under the agreement, Quality Egg pleas guilty to charges of bribery, selling mislabeled eggs and introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce.

The company is admitting that, between 2006 and 2010, it intentionally sold eggs to customers in Arizona, California and elsewhere with false labels that disguised the real age of the eggs. Quality Egg also admits to bribing a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector to approve unsatisfactory eggs during two separate incidents.

Company owners Austin and Peter DeCoster are expected to plead guilty Tuesday to introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce.

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