Shocking FDA Egg Report: Chicken Manure 8 Feet High, Rodents, Flies, Maggots, Salmonella
August 31, 2010
(ChattahBox)— The Food and Drug Administration released its reports of inspectional observations conducted at nine Iowa egg farms attributed to the salmonella outbreak and egg recall, and the conditions found are so foul, you may not want to read this if you had eggs for breakfast this morning. FDA inspectors found piles of chicken manure up to 8-feet high, squirmy maggots, rodents, live and dead flies, too numerous too count and multiple positive results for Salmonella Enteritidis. New regulations put into effect in July, may have prevented the salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands, but the FDA still lacks sufficient authority to force egg farms into compliance. The FDA now plans to conduct on-site inspections of all major egg farms in the U.S in the coming months.
A watchdog group, The Center for Science in the Public Interest, called the reports “stomach churning.”
The inspections were performed in August, at six Wright County Egg and Quality Egg farms operated by the same family and three Hillandale Farms, after the new regulations were implemented. And still, shocking sanitary conditions were observed at all nine egg farms.
Some of the findings, as reported by CNN:
At some Wright County Egg facilities, federal inspectors found chicken manure in piles up to eight feet high. In other spots, mounds of manure prevented doors from closing, allowing rodents and other animals to possibly come inside, FDA inspectors said. “The uncaged birds were using the manure [pile] … to access the egg-laying area.”
The report said Quality Egg and Wright County Egg workers did not always wear protective clothing, that birds were in storage and milling facilities, and feed bins had rusted holes and gaps. Inspectors also found maggots, and in some areas, “live and dead flies were too numerous to count.”
Inspections at three Hillandale farms found — among other things — rodents and rodent holes, liquid manure leaking into a chicken house and uncaged chickens tracking manure from a manure pit into a caged henhouse, the inspectors said.
Salmonella was also detected in the water used to wash the eggs at Hillandale Farms.
The Farm owners released statements, in response to the FDA report, pledging to reform their operations.
Hillandale, said it plans to ensure all of their egg farms would be in “full compliance as soon as possible,” adding “We are in the process of responding to the FDA’s written report to provide further explanation and clarification of what was observed.”
Wright County Egg claims “the vast majority” of the violations found by the FDA had already been addressed. “We anticipate the expeditious completion of nearly all remaining items by mid-September,” the beleaguered egg company said in its statement.
Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/Gisela Francisco/A carton of six eggs.