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FDA Issues Inspection Reports On Farms Implicated In Egg Recall

The FDA filed some gruesome sanitation reports this week of the farms found to be sources of the recent spike in salmonella-related illnesses.

broken eggs

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The FDA inspectors found that protocols to prevent the spread of disease on the farms were being ignored.

The Food and Drug Administration conducted inspections this week of Wright County Egg, Hillandale Farms, and their distributor Quality Egg — all farms that the FDA found to be sources of the recent spike in salmonella-related illnesses.

The reports filed by FDA inspectors noted the presence of rats and mice, cockroaches, maggots and even 8-foot walls of manure that had accumulated under the chicken house floors.

You can read the entire reports for Quality Egg and Hillandale Farms online. Fair warning: Accounts of farm conditions are not for the squeamish reader.

Both Wright County Egg and Quality Egg are owned and operated by Peter Decoster, who has had several past run-ins with officials over health, environmental and employee treatment issues.

Read more:

  • FDA reports on rats, manure piles at egg recall companies (USA Today)
  • After a half billion bad eggs get released, the FDA reveals filthy conditions of Wright County Egg (Grist)

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Megan Meyer

Megan Meyer was in the company of foodies for most of her formative years. She spent all of her teens working at her town's natural food co-op in South Dakota, and later when she moved to Minneapolis, worked as a produce maven for the nation's longest running collectively-managed food co-op. In 2006, she had the distinct pleasure (and pain) of participating the vendanges, or grape harvest, in the Beaujolais terroire of France, where she developed her compulsion to snip off grape clusters wherever they may hang. In the spring of 2008, Megan interned on NPR's Science Desk in Washington, D.C., where she aided in the coverage of science, health and food policy stories. She joined Indiana Public Media in June, 2009.

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