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FDA warns shell egg facility to step up Salmonella prevention

A shell egg production facility in Puerto Rico is on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for serious violations of food safety regulations regarding the prevention of Salmonella Enteritidis during production, storage and transportation. Officials from the FDA’s San Juan District Office inspected the Cidra, Puerto Rico, location of Avicola Santos Inc. on Aug. 8-24, 2016, and discovered the company’s shell eggs were prepared, packed or held… Continue Reading

Mahard Egg Farm on notice for Salmonella control violations

An Oklahoma facility of Texas-based Mahard Egg Farm Inc. is on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for serious violations of federal regulations about Salmonella contamination prevention. In an April 26 warning letter that FDA just recently made public, the agency warned owner Earnest A. Mahard III that the company’s response after an October 2016… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Supreme Court weighs in without a word

High court declines to hear appeals of egg men in cases related to 2010 Salmonella outbreak

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I can hear a bit of silence in the board rooms of America. Monday the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the appeals of Austin “Jack” DeCoster and his son, Peter DeCoster, without comment. In April 2015 U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett sentenced the DeCosters to prison, saying they knew or should have known about the… Continue Reading

Ongoing Salmonella outbreak spurs recall of shell eggs

For additional details on the current outbreak linked to Good Earth Egg Co. shell eggs, please see: “Egg producer implicated in another Salmonella outbreak”  A Missouri cage-free egg producer is recalling all of its shell eggs in the midst of the second Salmonella outbreak linked to its operation in less than a year. Good Earth… 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

Shell eggs recalled; linked to Salmonella outbreak

Kenneth Miller Farms is recalling an unknown volume of shell eggs after Ohio officials linked them to a Salmonella enteritidis outbreak initially linked to house-made mayonnaise at Lucky’s Taproom. The recall notice about the eggs from the New Lebanon, OH, farm states the shell eggs were sold direct to consumers and to Lucky’s Taproom and… Continue Reading

Government Wants to be Able to Jail Egg Executives for Food Safety Violations

Just after the federal government put a former food industry CEO in prison for the longest term ever handed down for a food safety-related crime, a top official in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed arguments to make jail time for such executives more routine. Benjamin C. Mizer, principal deputy assistant attorney general of the United States,… 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

General Mills Pledges to Use 100-Percent Cage-Free Eggs

As part of a new animal welfare policy, major food manufacturer General Mills has pledged to shift its egg-buying practices in the U.S. to source exclusively from cage-free suppliers. The company did not provide a timeline for implementing the change. Its Häagen-Dazs ice cream brand already sources entirely from cage-free suppliers in Europe, the company said. Following… Continue Reading

Humane Society Files Complaint with FDA Against Costco Egg Supplier

The Humane Society of the United States has filed legal complaints with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleging that Hillandale Farms, a Costco egg supplier, has deceived consumers with its poor animal welfare standards and “filthy and unsanitary conditions,” resulting in food safety concerns. The complaints come… Continue Reading