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Johnsonville Sausage worker charged for tampering with sausage

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SHEBOYGAN FALLS, Wis. - A former Johnsonville Sausage worker faces charges for allegedly stuffing the sausage with more than meat.

27-year-old Jonathan Lane is charged with two federal counts of tampering with a consumer product as well as acting with reckless disregard for allegedly putting cigarette paper and a wire connector inside the sausage.

The federal complaint says Lane told his team leader he found the objects with sausage on March 25 and March 28.

A supervisor grew suspicious and eventually shut down the food line and all products were thrown out.

Prosecutors say surveillance video shows Lane planting both items. He later admitted to a third incident.

Johnsonville said Lane was a contract worker for another company and in a statement said, "We applaud our food-safety teams for the processes they have in place to identify situations like this, so that no affected product leaves our plant."

None of the contaminated products left the plant.

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