Hillandale Farms of Iowa — one of two companies involved in the salmonella enteritidis outbreak earlier this year that sickened 1,600 people and led to the recall of 550 million eggs – started shipping their product again on Monday.
Three of Hillandale’s seven henhouses have been cleared to sell eggs again, and the other four are still being tested.
The second egg producer, Wright County Egg, is not in such good shape.
The LA Times reports that Wright County Egg was hit with a warning from the FDA for sanitation violations such as failure to control rodents. A “lengthy list of sanitation and biosecurity deficiencies identified by FDA inspectors in visits to the mammoth laying facilities,” led health officials to write a warning letter to Wright, made public on Monday, saying that it needed to clean up its act or be shut down.
The best guess about the source of the outbreak: contaminated chicken feed.
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