Federal investigators are trying to figure out the source of a recent salmonella outbreak that tainted close to half a billion eggs throughout the U.S. According to an August 25, 2010 CBS News report, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating the exact cause of the bacterial contamination that caused farms in the Midwest to recall 380 million eggs in Mid-August.
Although there is a call by agricultural groups to give chickens an anti-salmonella vaccine to prevent these types of outbreaks, the FDA has not signed off on the efficacy of such measures. Further attention is being focused on the food inspection process in the United States. State inspection reports obtained by CBS News show that in visits earlier this year to Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa, the inspector did not check any one of the 27 points on his safety checklist. This included not checking to see if the facility was free of “birds, insects [or] rodents” or if the shell-washing equipment was in working and sanitary condition.
The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals stated that the state inspector was not negligent, though, because the farm actually had a “full-time USDA inspector on site.” Regardless of the inspections, though, the fact remains that salmonella was spread throughout a massive population of eggs. The ongoing investigation will hopefully uncover more information about how the contamination first started. In the meantime, if you feel you were exposed to contaminated eggs from the offending farms, you should contact a personal injury lawyer today.