FDA Finds Salmonella in Chicken Feed, Farm Owners Called to Congress

August 27, 2010

(ChattahBox)—The Food and Drug Administration has found contaminated feed at two Iowa egg farms, a finding that will now expand the salmonella investigation to the feed suppliers. Since the largest salmonella enteriditis outbreak in history has sickened thousands of people, prompting the recall of a half-billion eggs from two Iowa-based egg farms, the FDA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been working in concert to pinpoint the exact source of the contamination, to curtail illness. But the salmonella-tainted chicken feed may not be the only source of contamination. One egg farm linked to the outbreak, has a shocking history of multiple environmental and workplace violations. And the owners of the two farms involved have a date with Congress to do some explaining.

According to a report by CBS News, Jack DeCoster, owner of Wright County Egg, a farm linked to the salmonella outbreak, is known as a “habitual” offender of regulatory safeguards.

“The owner of an Iowa farm that recalled 380 million eggs this week as part of a nationwide recall in a salmonella outbreak has had multiple run-ins with prosecutors and regulators, who have said the man imposed “morally repugnant” working conditions and was a “habitual violator” of environmental laws.”

“The FDA found contaminated feed at various locations throughout the Iowa egg farm.”

“Testing at Wright County Egg farms in Iowa showed the presence of salmonella in the food mill and in manure at two locations, said Sherri McGarry of the Food and Drug Administration. She said investigators are still drawing samples at Hillandale Farms.”

”Feed were the sources [of the salmonella], but perhaps not the only sources,” McGarry said.

“The feed could have been contaminated in a number of ways, including by birds, rodents and people’s shoes or boots, officials said.”

Wright County Egg issued a response to the FDA’s testing saying “This finding obviously is of great concern to us,” adding company officials plan “to work with FDA as they expand their review of feed ingredients.”

In response to the unprecedented egg recall and salmonella enteriditis outbreak, a congressional panel will hold hearings on the safety of our nation’s egg supply on September 14.

Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/JohnnyMrNinja/Three yolks from two chicken eggs.


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