facebook
twitter
search
search

Egg recall investigation widens

Sept. 16, 2010 at 3:38 PM
| License Photo

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- A congressional committee investigating the egg recall has asked an Iowa businessman to provide records for three farms in Maine.

Austin "Jack" DeCoster owns Wright County Egg in Iowa, a farm reportedly linked to the salmonella outbreak. But investigators for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce say three Maine farms, including one he formerly owned, appear to have ties to him as well, The Boston Globe reported.

"The companies appear to be linked to DeCoster, but we don't know what role, if any, they played in the recall,'' said Karen Lightfoot, a committee spokeswoman.

More than 1,500 people have been infected with salmonella in recent months, an outbreak believed to be caused by eggs produced at two farms in Iowa. No cases have been linked to eggs produced by Dorothy Egg Farms, Mountain Hollow Egg Farms and Quality Egg of New England, all in Maine.

Andrew Robinson, an assistant prosecutor in Androscoggin County, Maine, said he investigated a case of animal cruelty at Mountain Hollow. He said the company leased the plant from DeCoster.

"It's a sophisticated business enterprise," he said. "But when you check all these entities, they ultimately all come back to Jack DeCoster.''

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
'Serial stowaway' arrested again at Chicago's O'Hare, Midway airports
Maine man dead after shooting firework off head, police say
Burt's Bees co-founder Burt Shavitz dies at 80
Encroaching sea levels endanger Pakistan's Indus Delta
Kim Jong Un had terrapin farm manager executed, says source