BEIJING, Aug. 20(Xinhuanet) -- The Iowa-based Wright County Egg company blamed for a salmonella outbreak linked to its eggs has a long history of environmental, immigration and labor violations, U.S.media said Thursday.
The founder, Austin Jackson DeCoster, was charged for vilolating federal immigration law in 2003 and paid 2.1 million U.S.dollars in penalties.
In 2002, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission imposed a 1.5 million dollar penalty for mistreatment to female workers.
In 2001, Jackson DeCoster's son Peter DeCoster was sentenced to hog confinement by Iowa Supreme Court for repeatedly violating state environmental laws.
Now, Peter DeCoster is closely involved with the Wright County egg operations
Earlier this year, the elder DeCoster paid a fine to settle state animal cruelty charges against his egg operations in Maine.
U.S. Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been on the DeCoster's farms since last week and egg testing work is still going on to determine the source of the contamination.