Local salmonella case is looking for victim impact statements

KIMT News 3 - The U.S. attorney’s office looking for victims of a salmonella outbreak that happened back in 2010.

Owners of Quality Egg LLC., also known as Wright County Egg in north Iowa, admitted to selling eggs that were contaminated.

Because of this contamination, these eggs caused a nationwide outbreak of salmonella.

Prosecutors with the trial are looking for those impacted by the adulterated eggs to send in victim impact statements, that way they can be used in the court case.

Local Attorney, Joel Yunek says statements like this are usually seen in different criminal cases, not corporate wrongdoings.

“Bigger corporations are starting to do that now.” he explains, “They admit fault, they want to do the right thing, and establish a fund for the court to divide up, rather than a bunch of different lawsuits.”

These statements aren’t all that challenging to do, and Yunek tells us there is even a form available for folks to fill out to make the process even easier.

“There’s a form that is actually filled out,” he says, “You’ll know about the victim, about the facts, about what they think is right for them, and what they think is right for the perpetrator of the wrong.”

Anyone who got sick from the contamination between the beginning of 2010 and August 2010 is being asked to contact the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

You can either visit their website at www.justice.gov/usao/ian or contact Shari Konarske, the Victim-Witness Coordinator for north Iowa at (319) 363-6333 or at shari.konarske@usdoj.gov.

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