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Worker Admits to Peeing on Kellogg’s Production Line

December 5, 2018
A man pleaded guilty to urinating in cereal at a Kellogg's plant in Memphis, TN. Image courtesy of Flickr user amylovesyah
A man pleaded guilty to urinating in cereal at a Kellogg's plant in Memphis, TN. Image courtesy of Flickr user amylovesyah

A former worker at a Kellogg’s plant in Memphis, TN faces several years of jail time after recently pleading guilty to charges of tampering with consumer products after a video surfaced in 2016 of the man urinating on an assembly line conveyor belt, the U.S. Department of Justice announced in a release Tuesday. 

Gregory Stanton, 49, worked for Kellogg’s in Memphis in 2014 and later posted the video, which promoted an investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

“American citizens and consumers rely on food manufacturers engaged in interstate commerce to provide them with safe and consistent products,” U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said in a statement. “Unfortunately, this defendant betrayed the trust by tampering and tainting food products. We commend the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for investigating this matter.”

A copy of the video can be seen here via NBC News affiliate WMC. 

The man entered a guilty plea on Nov. 30, 2018 and will receive sentencing on Feb. 28, 2019. Stanton can receive up to three years in prison, three years supervised release, and a fine totaling $250,000. 

“Today’s announcement should serve as a reminder that the FDA will not tolerate illicit tampering activity in our nation’s food supply,” said Robert M. Heiser, Acting Special Agent in Charge, FDA Office of Criminal Investigations, in the release. 

The Kellogg Company issued a statement after the DOJ’s announcement of the guilty plea praising the U.S. government’s actions in the matter, coverage by WMC said. 

“It has been more than two years since this incident came to our attention, and we are pleased that the responsible individual was brought to justice. We want to thank the Food & Drug Administration and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for their commitment to this case,” the company stated. 

In October this year, Powder & Bulk Solids reported that a video emerged from a Smithfield Foods plant in Smithfield, VA that appears to show a worker urinating on a production line. The company recalled more than 50,000 lbs of meat following that video’s release. 

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