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Listeria Outbreak (2011)
Egg executives sentenced to 3 months for salmonella outbreak

Two former egg industry executives were sentenced to three months in jail Monday for their roles in a major 2010 salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands. Austin "Jack" DeCoster and his son, Peter DeCoster, faced up to a year in jail on charges of shipping adulterated food. They will remain free while appealing their three-month sentence. The DeCosters wanted to avoid jail time, but U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett heeded prosecutors' calls for a tough punishment because of the widespread harm the outbreak caused. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control linked 1,939 illnesses to the outbreak, but officials estimate that up to 56,000 people may have been sickened....

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