Friday, August 27, 2010

Salmonella egg recall expanding; Congress launches investigation

Congress interested in Salmonella egg recall that continues

Friday was the day that more producers of Iowa eggs were added to the egg recall list. A total of half a billion eggs are recalled after nationwide salmonella outbreak that has sickened about 1,000 people in 10 states, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Salmonella outbreaks have caused concern by Congress. Congress has decided an investigation needs to be launched. The FDA was given permission to come up with federal egg safety rules that started on July 9. FDA officials said if the new food safety rules had been in effect the salmonella outbreak could are prevented.

Egg producer expected for this

Wright County Egg recalled 380 million eggs, says the FDA, when the largest egg recall ever recorded started last week. One more 180 million eggs were recalled by Hillendale Farms. Quality Egg, supplied by Hillendale, was shown to have salmonella cases by the FDA. CNN reports that Monday the House Energy and Commerce Committee submitted a request for documents from both companies. Wright County Egg and Quality Egg are owned by the DeCoster agribusiness empire in the Midwest and Northeast. DeCoster has always been shady. Numerous were concerned about the business and the way it was being run. 10 civil counts of animal cruelty in Maine were what Jack DeCoster was accused of. He pleaded guilty to these in June. In 1996, DeCoster paid a $ 3.6 million fine after being accused of running a sweatshop for minority workers at a Maine chicken farm. DeCoster was accused of dumping hog manure in 2000. This led Iowa’s attorney general to call DeCoster a “habitual viola! tor” of state environmental laws.

New safety rules for making eggs

July 9 was when there was a change in who inspected egg producers. Until then, the responsibility was solely the USDA’s. About 2,000 reports of illness have been traced to salmonella between May and July, which is nearly 3 times the typical figure, as outlined by the Centers for Disease control. The Wall Street Journal reports that the FDA and the USDA now share inspection duties. Farms now have to test eggs and facilities for salmonella along with safeguarding feed and water from contamination and chicks and hens have to be bought from those who monitor salmonella. One year of leeway is given to farms right now.

Get your egg hot with salmonella

Consumers are being advised to throw out or take back eggs in cartons stamped with certain packing dates and location codes. Almost always there is worry about salmonella when eating a raw egg. The Los Angeles Times was told this by a salmonella expert. You won’t be able to easy discover out if your egg has salmonella. It is not detectable by taste, smell or looks. Eating eggs sunny side up helps one get salmonella poisoning along with making things like hollandaise sauce. Fully cooking eggs will kill any salmonella bacteria. The yolk needs to be cooked all the way. You will be fine if the egg is pasteurized. If your eggs are on the recall list, you’d better be safe than sorry. Just take the eggs back and get you money.

More on this topic

CNN

cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/08/23/eggs.salmonella/index.html?npt=NP1

Wall Street Journal

online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704504204575445981962961848.html

Los Angeles Times

mobile.latimes.com/wap/news/text.jsp?sid=294 and amp;nid=19361323 and amp;cid=17706 and amp;scid=1053 and amp;ith=1 and amp;title=Health



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