"Register Investigation: Egg Farms Rack Up Violations"

"One year after 1,900 people were sickened and a half-billion Iowa eggs were recalled, government inspectors continue to find unsanitary conditions and inadequate protections against salmonella on Iowa’s egg farms. None of the violations have resulted in fines or penalties from state or federal agencies, and Iowa’s egg producers still aren’t required to tell state officials when they find salmonella on their farms."

"Records obtained by The Des Moines Register under the Freedom of Information Act indicate that some of Iowa’s major egg producers aren’t meeting minimum federal standards intended to protect consumers from salmonella enteritidis — a potentially fatal bacterial infection that triggered a nationwide egg recall last August.

Meanwhile, critical elements in the Food and Drug Administration’s inspection reports — such as the size of rodent infestations, the brand names under which the eggs are sold, and even the names of diseases documented at the egg farms — are blacked out and being withheld from the public."

Clark Kauffman reports for the Des Moines Register August 28, 2011.

 

Source: Des Moines Register, 08/30/2011