Eggs are very nutritive and supply all essential amino acids and provide several vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, riboflavin (vitamin B2), folic acid (vitamin B9), vitamin B6, vitamin B12, choline, iron, calcium, phosphorus and potassium. But having all nutrients in the eggs is not enough for a healthy and quality diet. It is very important to know the quality of eggs before buying.
After a massive recall of eggs due to salmonella outbreak, Food and Drug Administration inspected the six farms operated by Wright County Egg and Quality Egg, and three run by Hillandale Farms. FDA investigators found evidence of poor health standards. Here is what FDA found in Iowa firms.
Mice tough to control
Mice play an important role in Salmonella Enteritidis ecology, so mouse control is critical in an egg production operation. Feces from Salmonella Enteritidis -infected mice can contaminate poultry feed, transmitting the disease to chickens. At both Hillandale and Wright County Egg, FDA found live mice and evidence of unsealed rodent holes.
Piles of chicken manure
FDA inspectors at Wright County Egg found chicken manure “piled between 4 feet and 8 feet high in a pit” below the laying houses. He described that farm that has 1 million hens typically produces about 250,000 pounds of manure each day. Piles of manure are an excellent substrate for flies and maggots.
Flies and maggots “too numerous to count”
Again, at Wright County Egg the inspectors discovered live and dead flies “too numerous to count” and Maggots were also discovered in the manure pit. Flies may play some...
role in spreading Salmonella Enteritidis, but a significant role has not been established.
Manure inside the laying houses
Inspectors at a Hillandale farm found a dark liquid seeping into the chicken house that was later identified as manure.
Clothes-changing rule questioned
Inspectors said they observed instances of employees not changing or wearing protective clothing when moving from one laying house to other laying house. They said that changing clothes when going between adult chickens and chicks is a common practice.
The FDA report is kind a shocking to know how egg farms are treated by such a big companies and fail to follow basic guidelines of Good Manufacturing Practice. Both companies supply millions of eggs throughout the nation. If you are consuming eggs, make sure it is thoroughly cooked. Properly cooked eggs can kill the bacteria and thereby reduce the risk of health complications.
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