No evidence tainted eggs go beyond a pair of farms
Posted: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 9:25 pm
By: AP, staff reports
From AP, staff reports
WASHINGTON — Food and Drug Administration officials said Monday that there is no evidence a massive outbreak of salmonella in eggs has spread beyond two Iowa farms, though a team of investigators is still trying to figure out what caused it.
FDA officials said they do not expect the number of eggs recalled — 550 million — to grow.
Dr. Jeff Farrar, FDA’s associate commissioner for food protection, said 20 FDA investigators are at the two farms, Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms, and could be there until next week. He said preliminary findings of the investigation should be available later this week.
Farrar said the chicks that came to the farms from a Minnesota hatchery appear to have been free of illness, so contamination most likely happened at the Iowa locations. The FDA is looking at eight different sites on the farms where laying hens were reared, as well as other locations, he said.
Steve Hilton, director of marketing and public relations for Union City-based supermarket company E.W. James & Sons, emphasized that the local supermarket chain is not affected in any way by the recall.
“None of our eggs come from that area,” he said.
In reviewing a list of the brands being recalled, he said none of the brands carried by E.W.’s are included.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee said it is investigating the outbreak and sent letters to both farms asking for detailed information about company operations, communications with the government and what they knew and when.
Published in The Messenger 8.24.10