Infectious Diseases 2020

Infectious Diseases 2020

Bayern-Ei stands for one of the worst food scandals in Germany

27 March, 2020

Stefan Pohlmann, was found guilty as the responsible manager of an egg production enterprise (Bayern-Ei) for a serious Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) outbreak in 2014. He was given a suspended prison sentence of one year and nine months. Stefan Pohlmann was in custody from August 2015 to May 2016. Stefan Pohlmann was found guilty of commercial fraud in 190 cases, negligent bodily harm in 26 cases and told to pay €350,000 ($375,000) and his company Bayern-Ei (‘Bavarian Egg’) was ordered to pay $1.27 million in compensation. 
The Bayern-Ei company was one of the largest egg producers in Germany with four locations in Lower Bavaria and one in the Czech Republic. 
The public prosecutor's office in Regensburg accuses the 48-year-old entrepreneur of physical injury resulting in death, dangerous bodily harm, and fraud and violation of the Animal Welfare Act. The 2014 SE outbreak involved cases in Austria, France, Germany and the U.K.  Salmonella was traced back to the Aiterhofen Farm operated by the Pohlmann family. As part of a deal with the public prosecutor, Pohlmann will no longer do commercial livestock farming in Germany and animal welfare charges were dropped. Pohlmann admitted he had known about a positive Salmonella test and still sold the eggs.
Stefan Pohlmann is the son of Anton Pohlmann who was involved in several food scandals in Germany and the USA (Buckeye Egg Company). Anton Pohlmann, convicted of cruelty to animals in Germany in 1996, and has to close his farms in the United States too - because one scandal followed the next: from cruelty to animals to river pollution and life-threatening working conditions.