Egg Production Practices Could Cut Down Salmonella Contamination

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 22-Nov-2011

Egg producers have recently felt the criticism of the public eye as Sparboe Farms was featured for shocking conditions of its chickens, causing both Target and McDonalds to drop them as a provider.

In addition to losing valuable contracts with big name buyers, Sparboe has also received a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration, citing food safety violations at five separate facilities.

But while deplorable conditions and horrific animal conditions have sparked surprise among advocates and consumers alike, the conditions only amplify necessity of creating more sanitary, quality environments among food production.

One Pennsylvania farmer has cut down Salmonella contamination of their eggs by 50 percent as a result of increased disinfecting, rodent trapping and testing. Although such industry practices seem like they should be standard, other egg producers may not be following the simple criteria that has been show to create an overall higher quality, safer product for less than a penny per dozen eggs.

Almost 115,000 people endure food poisoning related illness as a result of Salmonella contamination every year, killing as many as 42 people annually, according to University of Florida Emerging Pathogens Institute head of safety programs, Michael Batz.

The miniscule cost associated with higher standards of conditions and cleanliness in contrast with the high cost of medical treatment and loss of work suffered by those enduring food poisoning related sickness is astounding, causing wonder regarding why these procedures aren’t required and adopted by all food producers and farmers.

Regular inspections and more stringent requirements could provide an overall safer product for consumers. But despite the need for higher standards and accountability for such standards through regular inspection by the FDA, egg famers are currently only visited by FDA officials every three years, with lofty goals of visiting 600 by January 2012.

Salmonella contamination can cause the following symptoms and health complications in those suffering from illnesses caused by the bacterium:

  • Dehydration
  • Infection of tissue surrounding the brain and spinal cord (meningitis)
  • Infection of the lining of the heart or valves (endocarditis)
  • Infection of the bones or marrow (osteomyelitis)
  • Reactive arthritis (Reiter’s syndrome, including eye irritation, painful urination and painful joints)

If you or someone you love has endured serious illness or death as a result of foodborne illness caused by Salmonella contamination, E. Coli contamination or other food contamination, call our product liability attorneys in Austin, San Antonio, Killeen and statewide Texas, contact us online or visit one of the 11 office locations for our bad product lawyers in Texas for a free consultation today. Our experienced attorneys, professional medical consultants and caring staff will help you seek fair compensation for your injuries and illness associated. We care. We can help.


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