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Manager of Iowa egg farm linked to salmonella outbreak pleading guilty to bribery attempt

Documents say manager asked employee to offer bribe to USDA inspector

One of the chicken confinement sites operated by Wright County Egg in Galt, Iowa, is shown in this Wednesday Aug. 25, 20
One of the chicken confinement sites operated by Wright County Egg in Galt, Iowa, is shown in this Wednesday Aug. 25, 2010 photo. (AP Photo/Ryan J. Foley)

A federal prosecutor says a manager at the Iowa egg farms linked to a 2010 nationwide salmonella outbreak will plead guilty to trying to bribe a USDA inspector to allow the sale of unsafe eggs.

Tony Wasmund is charged with conspiring to bribe a public official. U.S. Attorney Stephanie Rose says Wasmund has agreed to plead guilty Wednesday at federal court in Cedar Rapids.

A charging document says Wasmund authorized an employee to offer a $300 bribe to a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector to approve eggs for sale that did not meet federal standards.

Wasmund is a former manager under Jack DeCoster, whose farms in Wright County were blamed for the outbreak.