Wisconsin Man Arrested for Inserting Foreign Objects into Sausages
A Wisconsin man who worked at the Johnsonville Sausage factory was arrested for putting foreign objects into sausage links.
Video surveillance caught the man putting cigarette paper and wire connector in sausage links while the items were on the processing line.
In both cases, the objects were removed before they left the factory and the public was never at risk. Johnsonville closed down the operation and discarded all products that they believed could have been affected.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Jonathan Tilman Lane, from Kiel, Wisconsin, was arrested and is charged with "two counts of tampering with a consumer product and acting with reckless disregard for the risk that another person would be placed in danger of death or bodily harm and manifesting an extreme disregard to such a risk. As to each count, the Lane face a maximum of 10 years’ imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to 3 years of supervised release."
The United States Attorney Krueger stated, “We commend Johnsonville Sausage, LLC for its security measures and quick action to prevent any harm to consumers.”