While the FDA approved GMO’s, which has been shown in many cases worldwide, to cause deformities, abortion, sterility, brain damage, cancers, so many health issues I can’t name them all, they instead go after private industry to REGULATE them on safety issues. Let’s not forget Floride in our drinking water and oral hygiene products! Yet another case, our government allows, is the import of fruit and vegetables not even grown in America and who knows what the laws or code enforcement is in foreign countries? I’ve heard some nasty stuff about the veggies coming from Mexico, how some use human feces as fertilizer….just plain gross, but that’s our insane government at work folks.
I feel bad for those who have become ill from this latest EGG ‘outbreak’, whether it was from their own lack of safety or from neglect at the hands of others. Growing up on a farm where we raised our own chickens and collected eggs fresh from the hen’s nests, I do not recall EVER getting sick from an egg. Now for those that may not know, if you get a carton of eggs and find one cracked, do you use it anyways, or do you throw it out?
My personal safety tips are: To be on the safe side, First, if possible, open the carton and check for damaged eggs prior to purchase. Should you get home with and later discover a damaged egg, I would never use it, but would throw it out. If others have been contaminated inside the carton, remove them and wash them with warm soapy water, along with the container or place clean dried eggs in a clean bowl and refrigerate.
As to Salmonella getting ‘inside’ an egg—which I’ve never heard of til now— if the shell is compromised, then I could see how a bacteria could get inside the egg, otherwise the contaminate would be on the outside of the egg, such as one covered from an egg that was broken inside the carton. As I understand it, most egg suppliers run the eggs thru a bleaching/decontamination process to kill such bacteria before being packaged for resale. Go to this link for info http://www.thepoultrysite.com/articles/1548/smallscale-egg-handling-1
IF this bacteria is found to come from inside the egg, it is my opinion, that there is something seriously wrong either with the feed given to the egg laying hens which passed through them into the egg or the feed caused the shell to be malformed in some way, perhaps a soft shell and then this contaminate was able to get inside.
GMO–genetic modified organisms have been PROVEN to cause deformities in people and animals and YES, they were approved by the very same FDA that are now after the private industry.
Latest FDA Findings: 8-28-10
“The FDA said this week that investigators had confirmed the presence of salmonella at Wright County Egg and in feed used by both farms. FDA officials have said they are still investigating how the contamination happened but so far do not expect the recall to expand beyond the two farms.”
Personally, after reading the story from the AP, IMO—it looks more like the FDA taking over another PRIVATE industry using FEAR and recalls as the weapon of choice.
Maybe now eggs will DOUBLE in price because of the loss in business? Or Maybe the companies should put a disclaimer on the packages stating instructions on how to maintain egg safety for those who may not have been taught the importance of handling food safely?
At this point in life, it really makes me glad to have been raised a country girl—common sense is something that is taught by our elders, something that is gravely missing in today’s self absorbed culture of corruption, control, greed and total lack of common sense living.
Of course a thought on the dark side, what IF, someone purposely contaminated the eggs AFTER they shipped from the plant? Someone that wanted to bring in the FDA to control the industry? Nah…..that would just be a plain ole’ conspiracy theory right? lol
GMO Effects on Livestock and People
Illnesses linked to eggs will likely grow
By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press Writer Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press Writer
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WASHINGTON – A salmonella outbreak that sickened hundreds and led to the recall of hundreds of millions of eggs from one Iowa firm will likely grow, federal health officials said Thursday.
That’s because illnesses occurring after mid-July may not be reported yet, said Dr. Christopher Braden, an epidemiologist with the federal Centers for Disease Control.
Almost 2,000 illnesses from the strain of salmonella linked to the eggs were reported between May and July, about 1,300 more than usual, he said. No deaths have been reported. The CDC is continuing to receive information from state health departments as people report their illnesses.
“I would anticipate that we will be seeing more illnesses reported likely as a result of this outbreak,” said Braden. The recall of 380 million eggs from Iowa’s Wright County Egg is one of the largest shell egg recalls in recent history.
The outbreak could have been prevented if new rules to ensure egg safety had been in place a few months earlier, an FDA spokeswoman said.
The rules, which require producers to do more testing for salmonella and take other precautions, went into effect in July. They had languished for more than a decade after President Bill Clinton first proposed that egg standards be toughened. The FDA said in July that the new safeguards could reduce the number of salmonella cases by nearly 60 percent.
“There are preventive measures that would have been in place that could have prevented this,” said Sherri McGarry of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
She and other officials declined to say what specific measures would have prevented this particular outbreak, citing an ongoing FDA investigation.
Hinda Mitchell, a spokeswoman for the company, said it abided by guidance issued by the United Egg Producers, an industry group. Those procedures mirror several aspects of the federal egg safety rule.
FDA’s McGarry said illnesses were traced back to eggs produced on three of five farms the Iowa company owns. The investigation, which includes sampling, records review and sanitation assessments, is focusing on those three farms.
Salmonella is the most common form of food poisoning from bacteria, and the strain involved in the outbreak is the most common kind of salmonella — accounting for roughly 20 percent of all such food poisonings.
Minnesota, a state with some of the best food-borne illness investigators in the country, has tied at least seven salmonella illnesses to the eggs. California has reported 266 illnesses since June and believes many are related to the eggs. Colorado saw 28 cases in June and July, about four times the usual number.
Other states have seen a jump in reports of the same type of salmonella. Spikes or clusters of suspicious cases have also been reported in Arizona, Illinois, Nevada, North Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin.
The CDC said investigations by 10 states since April have identified 26 cases where more than one person became ill. Preliminary information showed that Wright was the supplier in at least 15 of those.
Much of the investigation so far has been centered on restaurants in California, Colorado, Minnesota and North Carolina.
The eggs were distributed around the country and packaged under the names Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemp……….” (Click link for full story) http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_tainted_eggs
Associated Press Writers Mike Stobbe in Atlanta, Jeff Baenen in Minneapolis and Associated Press Business Writer Sarah Skidmore in Portland, Ore. contributed to this report.
Food and Drug Administration: http://www.fda.gov/Food/NewsEvents/WhatsNewinFood/ucm222684.htm
Centers for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/enteritidis
Egg Safety Center recall information: http://www.eggsafety.org
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