Authorities said the DeCosters' company, Quality Egg, sold eggs contaminated with Salmonella enteriditis to several states and bribed an inspector for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in an attempt to sell eggs that were "red tagged" for failing to meet minimum industry standards.
Due to epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback evidence from the CDC, the source of the salmonella was identified to be white-shell eggs produced by Indiana-based farm Rose Acre Farms, though the investigation is ongoing.
In grocery stores, the eggs were sold under the following brands: Country Daybreak; Crystal Farms; Coburn Farms; Sunshine Farms; Glenview; Great Value (Walmart's store brand), and Food Lion's store brand.
Illnesses were reported in nine different states - Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are a total of 35 reported illnesses in nine states and 11 hospitalizations, though no deaths have been reported. The eggs were sold by Walmart, among other leading USA retailers, and were recalled on April 13. "We vow to do better in the future".More news: Mariners' Cano may need surgery on broken hand
Salmonella is a bacteria that can be found on the inside of contaminated eggs and on eggshells, too.
More than 500 million eggs from two Iowa farms owned and controlled by Austin J. DeCoster were recalled that year.
The father and son were sentenced to three months in jail and fined $7 million. Around 400 people die every year from acute salmonellosis, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Symptoms usually include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps which set in about 12 to 72 hours after infection, and last four to seven days.
Of the 25 people for whom complete information is available, 88 percent, or 22 people, reported eating shell eggs before becoming sick.
As of Thursday, 35 people have been confirmed with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Braenderup. The outbreak resulted in 265 illnesses in eight states.