Egg Recall: Disgusting Conditions Confirm Dangers of Factory Farms

Dead chicken in battery cage

Iowa-based Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms—the two producers responsible for the recall of 500,000 eggs potentially contaminated with salmonella—should be put out of business. 

FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, MD, last week said these companies were “not operating with the standards of practice that we consider responsible,” according to the New York Times

Now we know some of the specifics: These factory farms, whose eggs have sickened roughly 1,500 consumers, were overrun with rodents, maggots and flies, and chicken manure heaps. Henhouses were filthy and broken down, with rusted holes, structural damage, unsanitary employees and seeping manure. 

And the worst news, per the Associated Press: “A poultry industry specialist cautioned, however, that such conditions likely exist at many egg farms in the U.S.” 

So, does this mean the average American will switch to cage-free and organic eggs? 

Unlikely, according to MSNBC. Network  contributor Linda Carroll has found that consumers may make short-term changes, “but if the reactions to past recalls are any indicator, dietary changes for most people will be short-lived.” 

In the meantime, farmers’ markets are enjoying brisk sales as consumers shop for untainted eggs. To find a farmers’ market near you, visit Local Harvest

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  • Unlike You - Quick On the Uptake and Not So Oblivious!  September 6, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Ummm. Right on. Wow. What a revelation. Not like this wasn’t apparent before. Since Reagan and the Bushy boys, with an impeachment-in-waiting bone called Billy Clinton thrown to the dogs, it was obvious that the 4th Reich and unbridled Capitalism was in full effect. In Clinton’s own words: We must export Democracy! Hahaha! Yeah right freakin’ on…

    Rob from the poor and give to the rich, then gank the middle class to line those elitist coffers. You all allowed this. We all watched as country after country was devastated by Supply-Side, Friedman, MK-Ultra inspired politico-economic, balderdash!!!

    It’s much deeper and devious than you could EVER imagine.

    Hasn’t anyone seen FOOD INC? Get a clue Swifties. Ain’t NOTHIN’ new under the SUN, even on SUNday, SON!

    The food should be the least of your worries. The Corporate Sovereign is a much larger concern. They use our presidents, justices and congresspeople like cheap spokes models.

    Hahahaha! We get what we deserve, and if it’s Fascism in the guise of Democracy, oh freakin’ well!

    Just like the German populace during the 1930s/40’s or the lame followers of Bolshevik inspired Leninism, or the citizens who allowed Bush to steal an election, your stupidity will cause those of us who thrive in reality, empiricism and a world of fairness to come correct. Again. For the upteenth GD time!

    Get just one clue. Please. It is getting ridiculous…

    If you are a pure Lib or Con you are part of the problem and not the solution. You can’t fool those followers of the true Universal Law – MODERATION/BALANCE! We’ll try and save your cowardly hides once more… Maybe.

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