Aug 25 2010

Bad Eggs

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The latest outbreak of salmonella contamination is just one more example of why factory farms are such a disaster. It’s just not possible to raise animals under crowded, filthy conditions and not have contamination and disease.

There are obviously a lot of people who are not concerned with the health or well-being of those animals, but this recent outbreak will hopefully make people at least think about their own health and well-being before they choose to eat meat or dairy, and perhaps even choose not to.

I recently got an email from PIRGRIM.org that I think is worth sharing……..

Two companies, Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms, which distribute nationwide under more than 20 brand names, have sold the American public more than half a billion eggs with a high risk of salmonella contamination. [1] [2]

In fact, people have been getting sick from these eggs since May, but because food recalls are voluntary, the tainted eggs are only being recalled now. This recall is in response to an FDA investigation, but the FDA can’t actually order Wright County Egg or Hillandale Farms to recall the eggs, regardless of the threat to public health. [3]

Let’s change that now. The Senate has a bill in front of it that would give the FDA the power it needs to protect consumers.

Please ask our senators to make recalling unsafe food mandatory.

Let’s turn this crisis into an opportunity and push our senators to pass the FDA Food Safety Modernization Bill. This bill will increase inspections and testing of the foods — like eggs — that are the most susceptible to bacterial contamination, and it will give the FDA the authority to order mandatory recalls when unsafe food threatens public health.

Please ask our senators to prevent dangerous food from ending up on the breakfast table.

[1] Half a billion eggs have been recalled , CNN, Aug 20, 2010.

[2] Egg Producer Expands Recall After Links to Salmonella , New York Times, Aug. 19, 2010.

[3] If you have purchased eggs covered by the recall, you are asked to return them to the store. For more information: http://www.eggsafety.org/mediacenter/alerts/73-recall-affected-brands-and-descriptions

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