Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Bad eggs have been out of the news for the last week or so. But here's the latest - straight from the FDA.

Remember, there were two Iowa egg producers linked to those Salmonella bacteria contaminated eggs - Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms. Both were told they had to stop shipping whole eggs to the marketplace until the FDA cleared them (although they were allowed to send them to the liquid egg processing plants where they would be pasteurized, killing any bacteria - we hope).

Well, as of October 15, Hillandale Farms has now been authorized to begin selling shell eggs again. It seems to have gone along with FDA inspections and more stringent safety conditions. Wright County Egg had requested on October 1 to also resume selling shell eggs, but the FDA has turned them down - firmly. Mr. Austin J. DeCoster, owner of Quality Egg LLC of Galt, Iowa - and of Wright County Egg, has been sent a nasty warning letter, telling him to get this act together and follow the Egg Safety Rule, including on aspects of biosecurity, rodent control, safe packaging and storage. The letter ends with a warning:

“Failure to take prompt corrective action may result in regulatory action being initiated by the Food and Drug Administration without further notice. These actions include, but are not limited to, seizure and/or injunction.”

Bon app├ętit

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