The man who filmed himself urinating on a production line at Kellogg’s in 2014 pleaded guilty to tampering with consumer products Friday and now faces up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Gregory Stanton worked at Kellogg’s Memphis manufacturing facility in 2014, the year he filmed himself urinating on the line, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant. Stanton uploaded the video to the internet two years later.
In 2011, Stanton was indicted by a federal grand jury for tainting consumer products “with the intent to cause serious injury to the business of any person.”
On Friday, Stanton pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jon P. McCalla. He is set to be sentenced in February.
“American citizens and consumers rely upon food manufacturers engaged in interstate commerce to provide them with safe and consistent products,” Dunavant said in a statement. "Unfortunately, this defendant betrayed that trust by tampering with and tainting food products. We commend the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for their investigation in this matter, and we are pleased that the defendant has been held accountable for his criminal conduct.”
Robert M. Hiser, Acting Special Agent in Charge, FDA Office of Criminal Investigations’ Miami Field Office, said “maintaining the safety and wholesomeness of the U.S. food supply is a critical priority for the FDA.”
“Today’s announcement should serve as a clear reminder that the FDA will not tolerate illicit tampering activity in our nation’s food supply,” Hiser said in a statement.