Make Our Food Safe
08/19/2010

"Egg recall renews questions on battling salmonella"

USA Today | Elizabeth Weise

"A national salmonella outbreak that could have sickened thousands has led to the recall of 380 million eggs and renewed questions about whether it's feasible to keep the microbe — the most common bacterial source of food-borne illness in the nation — out of the henhouse.

The answer from experiences in Denmark and Sweden seems to be a qualified yes. It can be done, but at what cost?

The eggs being recalled — the amount was expanded Wednesday from 228 million — are from Wright County Egg, a Galt, Iowa, company whose five facilities produce 2.3 million dozen eggs a week, spokeswoman Hinda Mitchell says. The recalled eggs total almost 32 million dozen. In 2009, the United States produced nearly 6.5 billion dozen eggs, says the United Egg Producers.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that hundreds of people have been sickened in the outbreak, which appears to have started in May. CDC epidemiologist Christopher Braden said Wednesday that there may be thousands of illnesses, though no reported deaths. California health officials say at least 266 people in that state were sickened..."

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