Company to pay $6.8 million fine for selling tainted eggs

Company to pay $6.8 million fine for selling tainted eggs
In this Sept. 22, 2010, file photo, egg industry executive Austin “Jack” DeCoster testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Oversight and Investigations subcommittee hearing on a nationwide outbreak of salmonella.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - 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.

A plea agreement filed Monday by federal prosecutors calls for Quality Egg to plead guilty Tuesday to charges of bribery, selling misbranded 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 how old they were.

The company says its employees twice bribed a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector in 2010 to approve eggs that didn't meet federal quality standards.

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