Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Egg Farm Inspection results

http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/08/30/eggs.salmonella/index.html?hpt=T2

"Rodents, piles of manure, uncaged birds and flies too numerous to count were found by investigators at Iowa farms"

" Federal investigators found salmonella bacteria in chicken feed and in barn and walkway areas "

"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."

"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." (YUM!)

"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" (Makes me hungry for some eggs)

"The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a food safety advocacy group, called the FDA findings "stomach churning."

"The decrepit conditions in these henhouses reflect the fact that companies know that FDA inspections are so rare -- even following the adoption of a new safety regulation -- that there is no urgency to fix their buildings and their operations to assure compliance with FDA statutes and regulations."

It should give everyone piece of mind knowing Corporate America is doing everything in their power to keep us all safe. Or at least to make sure they make more money this quarter then they did last quarter. If that means you get a little belly ache that is of no concern to the corporate egg farmers.

Enjoy your eggs.

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