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Austin “Jack” DeCoster

Top food safety stories include regs, recalls, respects this year

Editor’s Note:  The Food Safety News list of the year’s most significant news is compiled annually by our writers and editors. The list for 2017 is not led by any one or two blockbuster food safety stories, but it also won’t be quickly forgotten. It was a year when there was finally a climax to… Continue Reading

Egg man starts 3-month term as ‘responsible corporate official’

DeCoster's sentence begins 7 years after Salmonella outbreak that sickened up to 56,000 in U.S.

On Thanksgiving eve, 83-year-old Austin “Jack” DeCoster surrendered to federal prison authorities in Massachusetts, about 40 miles west of Boston. DeCoster traveled from his home in Turner, ME, about 170 miles north of the “administratively secure” Federal Medical Center – Devens (FMC Devens), a unit of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). The man who was once… Continue Reading

Peter DeCoster gets out of federal hospital prison on Monday

His father must serve 90 days for role in 2010 egg Salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands

Peter DeCoster, the 54-year old son of the one-time egg baron Austin “Jack” DeCoster, is set to be released Monday from the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, MN, a facility operated by the federal Bureau of Prisons. DeCoster served 90 days in federal custody. Now its his 83-year-old father’s turn to surrender himself to serve his own three-month… Continue Reading

DeCosters make Top 10 list of cases justices should have heard

It won’t get either of the DeCosters a better place in the lunch line or relief from working a shift in the laundry, but their case has made the “Top Ten” of October-term certiorari petitions the Supreme Court should have granted. The annual list by the 40-year-old Washington Legal Foundation (WLF), which advocates for “a sound free… Continue Reading

Peter DeCoster in federal prison hospital in Minnesota

Peter DeCoster has been  incarcerated in the Federal Medical Center (FMC) at Rochester, MN. FMC Rochester is a federal prison for male inmates requiring specialized or long-term medical or mental health care. As an administrative facility of the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), it holds inmates of all security classifications. DeCoster, 54, was sentenced to… Continue Reading

DeCosters must surrender; egg men finally to serve their time

To all the names people have called Austin “Jack” DeCoster — “habitual offender,” “bad egg,” “authoritarian” and “notorious” are among those often mentioned — add one more: “inmate.” After  losing at the federal appellate court level and being unable to obtain sentencing review by the U.S. Supreme Court, the man who once may have been America’s… Continue Reading

DeCosters want to choose where they serve their 3 months

Since the U.S. Supreme Court denied Austin “Jack” and Peter DeCoster’s petition for writ of certiorari on May 22, time has come for the father and son to serve their jail time.  They’d like to self-surrender at a prison of their choosing. At the moment, they are back before the trial judge, Mark W.Bennett in Sioux… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Supreme Court weighs in without a word

High court declines to hear appeals of egg men in cases related to 2010 Salmonella outbreak


I can hear a bit of silence in the board rooms of America. Monday the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the appeals of Austin “Jack” DeCoster and his son, Peter DeCoster, without comment. In April 2015 U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett sentenced the DeCosters to prison, saying they knew or should have known about the… Continue Reading