Wretched egg farm conditions
Food and Drug Administration investigators found rodents, seeping manure and maggots at the Iowa egg farms thought to be responsible for as many as 1,500 cases of salmonella poisoning.
FDA officials released their initial observations of the investigations at Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms on Monday. The two farms recalled more than 500 million eggs this month.
The reports released by the FDA show many possible sources of contamination at both farms — including rodent, bug and wild bird infestation; uncontained manure; and holes in walls — that could have caused the outbreak.
In a statement, Wright County Egg said that it was working “around the clock” to address FDA’s concerns and that some had already been fixed. Hillandale released a similar statement.
The FDA has not traditionally inspected egg farms until there has been a problem. The agency will now inspect all of the nation’s largest farms by the end of next year, the Obama administration announced last week.