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.
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.
- 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)