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Food safety reminders for your egg-cellent holiday season

With the holiday season hustling and bustling, company and food goes hand in hand. Friends and families gather for dinner and coworkers share treats in offices and factories. Each holiday season, the CDC renews reminders about the importance of food safety basics. “Wash hands and surfaces often, avoid cross-contamination, cook foods to proper temperatures and refrigerate foods promptly,” is the mantra… Continue Reading

Research reveals eggs from small flocks more likely to contain Salmonella

Penn State researchers have found that eggs from small flocks of chickens are more likely to be contaminated with Salmonella enteritidis than eggs sold in grocery stores, which typically come from larger flocks. That conclusion was drawn from a six-month study done last year in Pennsylvania. Researchers from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences collected and… Continue Reading

Survey: Only 48 Percent of Americans Wash Their Hands After Cracking Eggs

When it comes to eggs, consumers are pretty good at following two of the four key food safety messages — “separate” and “chill” — but when it comes to “clean” and “cook,” a bit more education might be required. A team of researchers from RTI International, Tennessee State University, and Kansas State University have just… Continue Reading

Free Range Chickens Brought Under Egg Safety Rule

The draft guidance for free range chickens coming out today might also have a calming effect on nervous fruit and vegetable growers, says Mike Taylor, who runs the food side of the business at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine. Laying hens on smaller farms that roam… Continue Reading

Two Prominent Egg Producers Get Warning Letters From FDA

Among the egg producers the American Egg Board uses to promote the industry is Midwest Poultry Services, located west of Fort Wayne near Mentone, Indiana. Family owned and operated since 1875, the egg producer houses at least two million laying hens. But now, Midwest’s Robert L. Krouse, one of AEB’s spokesmen for the “Incredible Edible… Continue Reading

Egg Yolk Antibody Controls Vertical Transfer of Salmonella in Eggs and Chicks

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Salmonella is a Gram-negative, facultative intracellular pathogen that is capable of causing gastroenteritis and typhoid fever in the affected host. Salmonella infections are reported as the second leading cause of foodborne illnesses in the United States. Salmonella has the potential to cause fatal bacterial infections in infants, the elderly and individuals with a suppressed immune… Continue Reading

Federal Egg Safety Rule Goes into Full Effect

The government’s Egg Safety Rule, a set of requirements designed to prevent Salmonella contamination at laying facilities, became fully fledged Monday when it went into effect for medium-sized operations after previously applying only to large producers. Since July of 2010, companies with over 50,000 laying hens have been required to comply with these standards –… Continue Reading

Barf Humbug! Holiday Cookies, Latkes and Everyday Safe Egg Handling

Ah, the holidays … whatever holiday it is that you celebrate (or just the holiday called “Quiet Time in the Office”), I think it is safe to assume that your holiday is overflowing with deliciousness. Friends hosting parties; family gathering for dinners; coworkers bringing treats to share. Whether sweet or savory, this time of year… Continue Reading