The owner of an Iowa egg company says in testimony prepared for a House hearing that he was "horrified" to learn that his eggs may have sickened as many as 1,600 people in an outbreak of salmonella poisoning this summer.
Austin "Jack" DeCoster and his son, Peter DeCoster, are scheduled to testify before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee Wednesday. In testimony released by the company, the two men say they believe an ingredient sold to them by an outside supplier may be to blame for the outbreak.
An FDA investigation found towers of manure and bug and rodent infestations at the farms, and an investigation by the House subcommittee found that the companies had received hundreds of positive results for salmonella in the two years before the outbreak.
But it was an OUTSIDE SUPPLIER'S TOWER OF DUNG, BUGS and RODENTS!
If you wish to see who is going to find a way to kiss ass in these hearings look no further than the Egg & Poultry industries biggest recipients:
Top 20 Recipients
Rank Candidate Office Amount
1 Lincoln, Blanche (D-AR) Senate $44,000
2 Peterson, Collin C (D-MN) House $22,000
3 Lucas, Frank D (R-OK) House $18,000
3 Kingston, Jack (R-GA) House $18,000
5 Edwards, Chet (D-TX) House $16,200
6 Boyd, Allen (D-FL) House $15,500
7 Blunt, Roy (R-MO) House $15,100
8 Holden, Tim (D-PA) House $13,500
9 Goodlatte, Bob (R-VA) House $12,250
10 Grassley, Chuck (R-IA) Senate $11,000
10 Boswell, Leonard L (D-IA) House $11,000
10 Costa, Jim (D-CA) House $11,000
13 Womack, Steve (R-AR) $10,600
14 DeLauro, Rosa L (D-CT) House $10,500
14 Scott, David (D-GA) House $10,500
16 Latham, Tom (R-IA) House $9,250
17 Burr, Richard (R-NC) Senate $9,200
18 Rogers, Mike D (R-AL) House $9,000
18 Kratovil, Frank M Jr (D-MD) House $9,000
20 Cuellar, Henry (D-TX) House $8,250
20 Owens, Bill (D-NY) House $8,250