A worker at a poultry plant was sentenced in federal court for adulterating food products. The employee at Valley Fresh Inc., Water Valley, Miss., contaminated 3,742 lb of fresh poultry in 1999 when he threw an open bottle of black ink into a prechiller.

The male employee will serve six months home incarceration and five years probation. He also must pay $12,412 in restitution and additional costs for tainting a consumer product that affects interstate and foreign commerce with intent to cause serious injury to a business, according to the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.