Government Wants to be Able to Jail Egg Executives for Food Safety Violations

September 25, 2015

Just after the federal government put a former food industry CEO in prison for the longest term ever handed down for a food safety-related crime, a top official in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed arguments to make jail time for such executives more routine.

Benjamin C. Mizer, principal deputy assistant attorney general of the United States, has weighed in on the Austin (Jack) and Peter DeCoster case, in which a trial court judge sentenced the two shell egg executives (who are father and son) to federal prison sentences of three months each.

The DeCosters were the Iowa egg producers responsible for the Salmonella enteritidis…