The US Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) recently sent a warning letter to Iowa egg producer Centrum Valley Farms based on its discovery of deadly salmonella bacteria at its egg factory farms. According to the letter, "FDA found that your facility had serious violations of the Prevention of Salmonella Enteritidis (SE)...these violations render your shell eggs adulterated."
The letter also indicates the FDA is "concerned about the presence of Salmonella Heidelberg (SH) in [Centrum Valley Farms'] poultry house environment, stating: "SH has caused several egg associated outbreaks resulting in human illness and at times death. Given this body of evidence, FDA considers SH within a poultry house environment to be a public health threat."
With a promise to "clean up Iowa's egg industry," Centrum Valley Farms took over these egg factory farms last year from Jack DeCoster, the notorious egg tycoon responsible for one of the largest egg recalls in US history after a major salmonella outbreak in 2010 sickened thousands of Americans. In fact, Jack DeCoster's egg factory farms have a long history of endangering public health, abusing animals, and flouting environmental laws.
A DeCoster egg facility in Maine--Quality Egg of New England--was the subject of an MFA undercover investigation in 2009. That investigation revealed hens suffocating in trash cans, chickens kicked into manure pits to drown in liquid feces, and workers whipping birds around by their heads in cruel attempts to break their necks. Following MFA's investigation, DeCoster pled guilty to 10 counts of cruelty to animals and paid over $130,000 in fines and restitution.
Watch the footage from the 2009 undercover investigation:
Despite repeated run-ins with authorities, egg industry giants such as DeCoster and Centrum Valley continue to threaten human health, the environment, and animal welfare. The best way to protect your health and prevent needless cruelty to hens and other animals is to transition to a compassionate vegetarian diet. To learn more, visit ChooseVeg.com.
FDA: Salmonella Detected in Iowa Egg Farms
by - September 20, 2012