The former owner of a large tomato company has been arrested. Frederick Scott Salyer is charged with racketeering (running an illegal business) and other crimes.
Salyer owned SK foods, which grew and and processed tomatoes. It sold tomato paste to stores and factories. The paste was made into sauce, juice, and ketchup by several companies.
The charge says Salyer got his workers to bribe (pay off) managers at the other companies. In return for money, the managers agreed to buy from SK instead of other companies. They did this even though SK products were more expensive.
Salyer is also accused of making workers put the wrong labels on products. For example, they were labeled "organic" when they were not, the charge says. Also, it says, food that would only stay fresh for a year was sold when it was three years old.
Salyer went to Switzerland when some of his workers were arrested. He was arrested himself when he went back to the U.S.
FBI Agent Paul Artley says, "I take it personally because I was a victim just like every other consumer."