WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 49-year-old man in Tennessee was sentenced Friday in federal court to 10 months in prison for urinating on a Kellogg’s cereal conveyor belt at a Memphis plant.
- Gregory Stanton, a former contract worker at the Kellogg’s Memphis facility, had pleaded guilty in November to tampering with consumer products.
- In April 2014, Stanton recorded himself urinating into a bucket and dumping the contents into the Raisin Bran production line then posted the videos on the internet in 2016.
A Tennessee man who filmed himself urinating on a conveyor belt at a Kellogg’s Memphis factory in 2014 was sentenced to 10 months in prison on Friday.
Gregory Stanton, a former Kellogg’s contract worker, recorded himself urinating into a bucket and dumping its contents into a Raisin Bran production line. He did it again after a month, urinating on the assembly line. According to WREG, the videos were recorded around the same time Kellogg and the workers union were having a labor dispute.
Stanton’s second video was uploaded in 2016 by WorldStarHipHop.com, a hit content-aggregated blog. When Kellogg learned about the video, it immediately issued a statement to the station, condemning its former employee for the disgusting act.
“Kellogg takes this situation very seriously and we were shocked and deeply disappointed by this video that we just learned of yesterday,” the company said. “We immediately alerted law enforcement authorities and regulators. A criminal investigation is underway as well as a thorough internal investigation.”
Stanton was indicted by a grand jury on a charge of tampering with a consumer product in September 2018. Two months later, Stanton pleaded guilty.
Stanton, who will serve jail time, is also required to pay $10,000 in restitution, U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said in a press release.
“American citizens and consumers rely upon food manufacturers engaged in interstate commerce to provide them with safe and consistent products. Unfortunately, this defendant betrayed that trust by tampering with and tainting food products,” Dunavant said.
“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,” the U.S. Attorney added.