A Wisconsin man stands in front of the jail after allegedly putting foreign objects into a sausage link during his shift at the factory he worked in, the prosecutor announced.
Jonathan Lane of Kiel, Wisconsin, appeared before a federal court in Milwaukee after being investigated at the Johnsonville Sausage factory for manipulating a consumer product.
Surveillance photographs from the factory allegedly show that on March 25, Lane put a cigarette paper in a sausage joint and a wire connector in a sausage joint while the article was on the processing line three days later. Both times Lane was able to remove the items before packing the sausage joints. As a result of Lane's alleged manipulation, Johnsonville Sausage closed down operations and rejected any products they might have thought could be affected.
According to a spokesman for the company, none of the manipulated products left its facilities.
Lane later admitted to WBAY-TV for a third incident of product manipulation. He told the investigators that if he had lost the trail of a sausage in which he had placed a strange object, he would have "prayed to God" that the machine or a person had caught her.
"We recommend Johnsonville Sausage, LLC for its safety measures and swift action to protect consumers from harm," US Attorney Krueger said in a statement.
Lane is cheated in two cases with a consumer product and, with reckless disregard for the risk that another person is placed in danger, traded death or bodily injury and manifests an extreme disregard for such a risk.
He faces a maximum 10-year prison sentence, a $ 250,000 fine, and a three-year supervised release.
The case is handled by the Department of Agriculture of the United States and the Office of the Inspector General. US Attorney Karine Moreno-Taxman is being called to prosecute this case, prosecutors said.