Two Farms In Egg Recall Scramble Linked To Same Businessman With Runny Past

Two of the Iowa farms that recalled over half a billion eggs for potential salmonella taint are linked to the same businessman, and he has a history of health, safety and employment violations. So how come no one stopped him before?

A supplier in egg recall has history of violations [AP]


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  1. fpage77 says:

    The yokes on Austin “Jack” DeCoster.

    • PsiCop says:

      +1 on that. I also expect Rush Limbaugh to declare these companies were forced to sell tainted eggs by Obama’s socialist policies. And for Glenn Beck to cook up a chart implying George Soros and ACORN were behind it … or to assert that labor-union saboteurs, on Obama’s orders, sneaked into the plants and left salmonella there.

    • Snarkster says:

      Let’s hope they put him somewhere where there are no chicks.

    • domcolosi says:

      A yoke is what a farmer straps on his ox. A yolk is inside of an egg.

  2. FreshPorcupineSalad says:

    They are going to crack this wide open. I hope he doesn’t get over easy.

  3. rookie says:

    I can hardly decide if my brains were fried or scrambled by this information…

  4. pop top says:

    “So how come no one stopped him before?”

    Someone should see how much money in lobbying firm/political campaign donations that guy paid out.

  5. chaesar says:

    I demand a hard-boiled investigation?

    • Mr.DuckSauce says:

      Detective Tequila will find them and take them down with double beaten egg beaters. oh yeah!

  6. momtimestwo says:

    I guess they will do a mass-slaughter of all the chickens? At least their horrible, miserable life will end. I can’t imagine what life must be like in conditions so bad an animal welfare group had to go in undercover.

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      If it was PETA, they’d do it just because it involved the subjigation of animals for human benefit.

    • Matzoball says:

      Undercover operations on any factory farm in any animal husbundry industry can uncover 5…10…or 15 minutes of video footage that the general public would find horrible. When you have a million chickens someone is going to die or be sick. Not sure when the last time we had a day go by in the US where someone didn’t die. Not really speaking up for this particular operation but it is common sense.

  7. smo0 says:

    I saw these guys on TV earlier in the break room… didn’t hear what was said… but they looked like suspicious characters. ^_^

  8. Snarkster says:

    A slice of bacon and an egg walk into a bar. The bartender looks up and says, “We don’t serve breakfast here!”

  9. zomgorly says:

    Probably from a lack of government oversight to make sure they weren’t selling tainted eggs from the facilities.

  10. mythago says:

    Has the WSJ op-ed page dusted off and posted its standard “see, the market works, and this would never have happened except for gubmint interference” piece? If not I give it two days.

  11. c!tizen says:

    Pun overload.

  12. econobiker says:

    Did he have relatives who used to be in the peanut industry until last year or so?

  13. Retired Again says:

    Seems the GOVERNMENT can’t do anything to protect us!
    SEC warned for 13 years about MADOFF.
    FAA cannot tell airlines anything as FAA has no teeth either.
    On and on …. just government paying people to work 3 hours a week and get paid for 40 hours.
    THEN those employees will vote Democrat …….
    Why do some of you idiots think the answer is “government?”
    Never has been …. Never will be!

    • Wang_Chung_Tonight says:

      you make me weep with your verity

    • lockdog says:

      Come off it. The Republicans I used believe in talked about personal responsibility. If you bury your workers in a mine, poison your customers with salmonella or blow up an oil well you ave no means of stopping, guess what: It’s your responsibility! Today’s neocons complain loudly about the nanny state, but as soon as something goes wrong: “It’s not my fault. The government didn’t make me do it.” If you are run a red light on main street and kill a pedestrian are you going to complain because there wasn’t a cop to pull you over a quarter mile back?

    • Hoss says:

      Nice, it’s been years since we’ve seen a good ol standoff. You sure u got enough ammo?

    • ARP says:

      The government can’t protect us because of people like you. It’s common tool used by anti-goverment types

      1) Starve agency of funding, give conflicting goals, remove its ability to enforce, etc
      2) Put industry friendly peson in charge of agency its supposed to police and have staff lawyers use extreme interpretations rules to ignore the spirit of the law. Or change the rules.
      3) Don’t prosecute. Or prosecute but settle for pennies on the dollar for fines.
      3) Bad things happen (obviously)
      4) Complain how government can’t do anything right, can’t protect us, and that we should have less rules, privatize or self-police
      5) GoTo 1

      If you give an agency a budget, clear goals, and the ability to enforce those rules, they do a pretty good job.

    • OnePumpChump says:

      Why do you think it is that these agencies have no teeth?

    • mac-phisto says:

      you know, the problem is rarely with the “in the trenches” civil service employees – it is with the SES & high-level political appointees that either don’t know how to do their jobs or don’t have the balls to do it properly.

      explain something to me, though. how is the answer to a problem of this magnitude “less government oversight” – if lack of proper inspection caused these problems, how does doing less of that solve the problem?

  14. KlausKinsky says:

    This whole thing has been grossly eggsagerated.

  15. PanCake BuTT says:

    Poultry science is a runny business !

  16. Matzoball says:

    What were you eggspecting?

  17. Big Mama Pain says:

    Egg-ellent; another soft cooked rehash of the same scrambled data. A toast to poached media.

  18. wrongfrequently says:

    I hope we’ll see more of this hard-boiled reporting!

  19. runswithscissors says:

    He has betrayed the whole egg industry. A real eggs Benedict Arnold.

  20. H3ion says:

    They didn’t mention this in law school but maybe old frontier justice had some redeeming features; you know, when they catch the cattle rustler they string him up so they don’t have to worry about recidivism. This guy would have been a prime candidate.

  21. Intheknow says:

    I think DeCoster needs a little case of salmonella himself.

  22. Harry_Greek says:

    The gubnament didn’t stop Wallstreet from pissing away our retirement investments – what makes you think anyone will stop a man selling bad eggs??