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Eggs linked to salmonella outbreak in 3 states
WASHINGTON | Wed Aug 18, 2010 7:37pm EDT

(Reuters) - Eggs from a farm in Iowa have been linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened hundreds of people in California, Colorado and Minnesota over the last three months, the U.S. government said.

Nationwide, salmonella outbreaks have increased four fold since May, which has sparked an investigation of the food borne illness in 13 states, said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). No deaths have been reported.

The number of salmonella cases reported each week, normally around 50, zoomed to 200 a week since May, the FDA said. Preliminary investigations pointed to eggs from Wright County Egg, of Galt, Iowa, as a potential source.

Some 266 cases of salmonella in California have been linked to the eggs, said Los Angeles County officials on Tuesday.

Wright County Egg announced a voluntary recall on Friday of millions of eggs that it shipped since May 19 and were distributed nationally.

"There have been confirmed Salmonella enteritidis illnesses relating to the shell eggs and traceback investigations are ongoing," said Wright County Egg in a statement.

The company is part of DeCoster Farms, a family-run agribusiness that is a large egg producer. There was no answer to several calls on Wednesday to DeCoster offices in Clarion, Iowa.

FDA said it was conducting an extensive investigation at the Iowa company, including sampling, a review of records and a search for potential sources of contamination, such as feed.

The egg producer said it was cooperating fully in the investigation and was diverting its eggs to a breaker, for pasteurization to kill any harmful bacteria.

State and local officials were investigating salmonella cases in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas, said FDA.

Salmonella can cause fever, diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain and can cause serious illness or death.

Affected by the recall are eggs packaged under brand names Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph's, Boomsma's, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps.

They are in cartons of six, 12 or 18 eggs and come from plants identified as P-1026, P-1413 or P-1946 and followed by a number from 136 to 225. The figures are stamped on the end of the carton.

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Re: Eggs linked to salmonella outbreak in 3 states

Folks in the US, be careful. Just now on news they said that the eggs have reached almost 45 states....
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Interesting to know -

How Does Salmonella Get Inside Eggs?
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Re: Eggs linked to salmonella outbreak in 3 states

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FDA: No evidence yet that millions of eggs tainted by salmonella extend beyond 2 Iowa farms
Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press Writer, On Monday August 23, 2010, 9:00 pm EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Food and Drug Administration officials said Monday that there is no evidence a massive outbreak of salmonella in eggs has spread beyond two Iowa farms, though a team of investigators is still trying to figure out what caused it.

FDA officials said they do not expect the number of eggs recalled -- 550 million -- to grow.

Dr. Jeff Farrar, FDA's associate commissioner for food protection, said 20 FDA investigators are at the two farms, Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms, and could be there until next week. He said preliminary findings of the investigation should be available later this week.

Farrar said the chicks that came to the farms from a Minnesota hatchery appear to have been free of illness, so contamination most likely happened at the Iowa locations. The FDA is looking at eight different sites on the farms where laying hens were reared as well as other locations, he said.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee said it is investigating the outbreak and sent letters to both farms asking for detailed information about company operations, communications with the government and what they knew and when. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., head of the spending committee that oversees the Agriculture Department and the FDA, sent the two government agencies a letter asking what they knew.

The number of illnesses, which can be life-threatening, especially to those with weakened immune systems, is expected to increase. The federal Centers for Disease Control has said there could be as many as 1,300 salmonella illnesses linked to the eggs. The CDC said that for every case reported, there could be 30 or more unreported cases.

Dr. Christopher Braden, a CDC epidemiologist involved in the investigation, said there have been 40 more cases reported since last week, but it isn't immediately clear if all are linked to tainted eggs. Braden said so far the agency has not identified additional clusters of illness that would indicate the outbreak has spread beyond the two Iowa farms.

As her agency investigates the cause, FDA chief Margaret Hamburg said the FDA hasn't had enough authority to help prevent outbreaks.

Hamburg said Congress should pass legislation stalled in the Senate that would increase the frequency of inspections and give the agency authority to order a recall. Companies now have to issue such recalls voluntarily.

"We need better abilities and authorities to put in place these preventive controls and hold companies accountable," Hamburg said.

Food safety advocates have pushed for such improvements for more than a decade, as there have been few rules on the books that require companies to make eggs, along with many other foods, safer. The FDA's authority on the farm is questionable as the agency is often limited to gathering information about a contamination outbreak after people have already been sickened. Investigations into what went wrong come well after the crucial evidence is gone.

FDA's Farrar says the agency has traditionally focused on food manufacturing facilities instead of farms as the agency's authority is muddled and there are few standards in place.

"The farm is just a different environment," he said. "Without those standards we don't have the specific information to say you are in compliance in this area and out of compliance here."

The Obama administration has tried to remedy that with new rules that went into effect in July, just after the current egg outbreak began. The rules, which require producers to do more testing for salmonella and take other precautions, had languished for more than a decade after President Bill Clinton first proposed that egg standards be toughened. The FDA said in July that the new safeguards could reduce the number of salmonella cases by nearly 60 percent.

Those rules would be bolstered by the legislation, which the House passed more than a year ago but the Senate has not yet taken up. The bill would provide more money to the FDA for inspections and enforcement.

DeLauro said Monday that the absence of oversight and confusion surrounding egg inspections -- the FDA inspects shell eggs while USDA inspects processed eggs -- could eventually cost lives. She advocated a single food safety agency instead of the current system in which at least 15 agencies have a hand in ensuring the nation's food is safe.

"You've got a company that has a pattern of regulatory noncompliance that should have sent a warning to federal regulators and warranted additional scrutiny," she said. "If we were doing our job we would have a single food safety agency."

The lack of oversight has become a bigger problem as the egg industry, like many other food industries, has consolidated over recent years, placing fewer, larger businesses in control of much of the nation's egg supply to consumers.

Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms share suppliers of chickens and feed as well as ties to an Iowa business with a long history of violating state and federal health, safety, immigration and environmental laws. FDA officials said last week they had "no inspectional history" with Wright County Egg.
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me and eggs never had a good relationship ... I mean, I tried omlet and all, but the smell is YUCKY ...

anyways, for all those who are comfortable eating, can you please tell me, what we vegetarians are missing (in terms of nutrients that we cant seem to get enuff of in the plant world) ...
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me and eggs never had a good relationship ... I mean, i tried omlet and all, but the smell is yucky ...

Anyways, for all those who are comfortable eating, can you please tell me, what we vegetarians are missing (in terms of nutrients that we cant seem to get enuff of in the plant world) ...
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And this whole drama of "Eggs are healthy" (similar to sometime back when smoking was healthy (atleast in US of A)) is what I personally feel, the Industrialization of public health ...

And we all know what "industrialization" means eventually: money?

I would be surprised if they blame it on some farmers for the salmonella and continue this poultry business blissfully ... while giving these stupid USDA labels that animals are in the best of conditions and consequently the eggs they deliver (quite so unnaturally and on a frequent-basis) are good as well ...

If a drop of semen represents a lot of energy dissipation in some calories, I am just thinking how much of a calorie dissipation, a poor chicken would have to go through, just because we were told eggs are good for health (by some stupid study)
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dont spell it out ... protein you can find in ample quantities in the plant kingdom as well ... So doesnt cut it out (really?)
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dont spell it out ... protein you can find in ample quantities in the plant kingdom as well ... So doesnt cut it out (really?)
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