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Published on Aug 19, 2010 by Edgar Snyder

"Stomach Churning" Violations Found at Egg Farms

Egg salmonella recall

Aug 31 2010 UPDATE –Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation reports have been released on six farms operated by Wright County Egg and Quality Egg and three Hillandale Farms locations, all of which are involved in the recall of more than half a billion eggs. Rodents, piles of manure, uncaged birds, and flies were among the violations found.

Inspectors found chicken manure in eight-foot-high piles at some Wright County plants. Maggots and flies "too numerous to count" were found at Quality Egg and Wright County facilities, and inspections at Hillendale Farms found liquid manure leaking into a chicken house. The Center for Science in the Public Interest called the FDA findings "stomach churning."

Investigators also discovered Salmonella bacteria in chicken feed and in barn and walkway areas at some of the farms. The FDA said it found Salmonella in water used to wash eggs at a Hillendale facility as well. It's not clear if the water contaminated the eggs or if the eggs contaminated the water.

Hillendale and Wright County Egg have said that they will address all issues raised in the reports.

Egg Recall Not Expected to Grow

Aug 25 2010 UPDATE –The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said that it doesn't expect any further egg recalls linked to an outbreak of Salmonella enteriditis that has sickened over 1,000 people. The agency believes that contamination did not expand outside the two Iowa farms where the recall started.

Wright County Egg has recalled 380 million eggs and Hillandale Farms has recalled 170 million eggs. The FDA is conducting investigations at both farms to determine the cause of the contamination, and a preliminary report is expected later this week. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 1,300 illnesses have been reported so far.

New egg safety regulations went into effect in July that experts say could have prevented this outbreak had they been in place sooner. The new laws require egg producers with more than 3,000 hens to take measures designed to prevent the spread of Salmonella. They also instituted a policy of inspecting egg farms before an outbreak; previously, inspections were only done after an outbreak occurred.

Millions of Eggs Recalled Due to Salmonella Contamination

Aug 19 2010 ORIGINAL ALERT – Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa has recalled 380 million eggs due to possible Salmonella contamination. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has begun an investigation of the company's factory, and it's believed that hundreds of people have been sickened by food poisoning.

Albertsons, Farm Fresh, James Farms, Glenview, Mountain Dairy, Ralph's, Boomsma, Lund, Kemps, and Pacific Coast brands with three-digit codes between 136 and 229 and plant numbers 1720 and 1942 are included in the recall. Lucerne, Albertsons, Mountain Dairy, Ralph's, Boomsma, Sunshine Hillendale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms, and Kemps brands with codes between 136 and 225 and plant numbers 1026, 1413, and 1946 are also affected.

Plant numbers begin with "P-," and the three-digit code follows.

In the wake of the recall, the FDA has recommended a number safety tips, including:

  • Discard any recalled eggs and remember that some might still be in grocery stores or restaurants.
  • Throw away eggs with dirty or cracked shells.
  • Keep eggs refrigerated at temperatures of 45 degrees Fahrenheit or less.
  • Cook eggs until both the yolk and the white are firm and eat them right away.
  • Don't keep eggs warm or at room temperature for more than two hours.

Consumers can visit the FDA's website for additional egg safety guidelines.

Sources: "380 million eggs recalled over possible salmonella tainting." CNN. August 19, 2010.
"FDA: Salmonella Outbreak Linked to 2 Farms." ThePittsburghChannel.com. August 23, 2010.
"FDA reports numerous violations at egg farms." CNN.com. August 31, 2010.
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