Make Our Food Safe
09/22/2010

"Owner of Iowa egg farm won't testify at hearing"

The Washington Post | Mary Claire Jalonick

"WASHINGTON -- The owner of one of two Iowa egg farms linked to as many as 1,600 salmonella illnesses declined to testify at a congressional hearing Wednesday, citing his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

The CEO of Hillandale Farms, Orland Bethel, wouldn't answer questions before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on investigations. The owner of Wright County Egg, Austin 'Jack' DeCoster, testified that he was "horrified" to learn than his products might have been the cause of the illnesses.

Hillandale Farms and Wright County Egg recalled a half-billion eggs in August after tests of products turned up potentially positive for Salmonella Enteritidis, the strain responsible for the recent outbreak. Wright County Egg operates one of Hillandale's barns and supplies feed to the company ... "

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