Two Ohio egg handlers pay for inspection violations

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WASHINGTON – Three Midwestern shell egg packers, including Mad River Egg Farms, Raymond, Ohio; and Buckeye Egg Farm L.P. #5, Croton, Ohio, have paid civil penalties to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to settle allegations that they violated the Egg Products Inspection Act.

The third packer is Konos, Inc., located in Martin, Mich.

Transport and sell. Under Agricultural Marketing Service regulations, shell egg handlers are limited as to the number of cracked, leaking, and dirty eggs they can transport and sell in commerce.

The packers were fined for selling and transporting eggs and offering to sell and transport eggs that exceeded the number of cracked, leaking, and dirty eggs permitted under official standards for U.S. Consumer Grade B shell eggs.

Penalties. Mad River Egg Farms paid a civil penalty of $11,359 and Konos paid a civil penalty of $3,456.

Buckeye Egg Farm agreed to pay a civil penalty of $19, 561 for offering to sell and transport such shell eggs.

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