SK Foods CEO awaits sentencingThis article was originally published in Foodnews
THE former owner of US tomato processing company, SK Foods, is to be sentenced on 10 July in Sacramento, after pleading guilty in March to racketeering and price-fixing. Scott Salyer has requested permission to move around more as he waits to be sentenced, having been under house arrest on USD6.3 million bail pending trial, San Jose Mercury News reported. According to the paper, Salyer’s attorneys asked the court to allow him to spend up to five hours a day away from home, but prosecutors say Salyer poses a flight risk and has not complied with a plea agreement requirement to disclose financial information. Under Salyer’s direction, SK Foods mislabelled sub-standard foods including tomato paste, and also bribed purchasing managers of major supermarkets to buy its goods ( FOODNEWS passim ). In total 10 former employees or customers of SK Foods have pleaded guilty in the investigation. Salyer faces a four to seven-year prison term under a plea agreement.