Egg Farm Found Salmonella 426 Times in Two Years

September 15, 2010

(ChattahBox Business News)—The Iowa egg farm behind the unprecedented recall of a half-billion eggs tainted with salmonella that sickened thousands, knew it had problems well before the salmonella outbreak. How? The Wright County Egg farm discovered 426 instances of positive salmonella findings during the past two-years. But FDA rules do not require egg farmers to notify the federal agency of the results.

The new FDA regulations prohibit egg producers from shipping eggs when a positive salmonella test result is found on the premises, unless the eggs are tested first.

It’s not known if Wright County shipped shell eggs, after finding salmonella at its facilities.

The Washington Post reports:

Salmonella was detected in 426 samples taken by Wright County Egg inside its egg facilities between Sept. 4, 2008, and July 26, 2010. The samples were analyzed by Iowa State University’s diagnostic laboratory.

The laboratory results were obtained by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is investigating the outbreak and subsequent recall of 500 million eggs, a record number.

Of those positive test results, 73 may have been salmonella enteritidis, the particular strain of the bacterium involved in the outbreak that has sickened at least 1,519 people since May.

The FDA recently released shocking reports from its on-site inspections of two Iowa egg farms, including Wright County. And found stomach-churning conditions at the facilities such as “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.”

The Egg farm owners have some explaining to do when they appear before Congress.

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


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