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Maine man's egg company agrees to pay $6.8 million Austin 'Jack' DeCoster's Quality Egg company sold eggs which led to a salmonella outbreak. By Ryan J. Foley The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa - An Iowa company has agreed to pay $6.8 million in fines for selling old eggs with false labels and the tainted products that caused a nationwide salmonella outbreak in 2010, according to a plea agreement released Monday.

Quality Egg LLC, once one of the nation's largest egg producers, is expected to plead guilty Tuesday to charges of bribing a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector to approve sales of poor quality eggs, selling misbranded eggs and introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce. The company's owner, Austin "Jack" DeCoster, and its chief operating officer, Peter DeCoster, are expected to plead guilty to introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce, a misdemeanor.

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