August 26, 2010 § Leave a comment
An NPR article reported that a federal investigation showed the Salmonella poisoning from recalled eggs was found in the feed for the chickens and manure at the Wright County Egg (one of the two farms responsible for the poisoned eggs). The strain found matches that in cases reported by consumers.
So far, about 1,500 consumers have become sick due to the eggs but no deaths have been reported yet. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) said the number of salmonella cases normally reported at this time of year has leaped from around 900 to 2,400. The CDC also said this is the largest outbreak of its kind since they started keeping track in the 1970’s.
August 23, 2010 § Leave a comment
The recent recalled eggs and salmonella outbreaks are causing the FDA to attempt to request more control in situations such as these. Current law limits the association from preventing events such as these and holding companies responsible in the case of an outbreak.
In an NPR article FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said they need better authority to be truly capable of having control in situations such as the egg recalls and salmonella outbreaks. Usually, I do not think the government should have as much control as they would like to, however in this case, I think a government agency in control of the situation would be a good thing.
Hamburg advises to consumers to avoid eggs overly runny yolks for the time being. This is especially good advice if your eggs are from one of the two suppliers of the recalled eggs, Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms in Iowa. The two farms actually share a chicken supplier.