Egg Farm's Salmonella Dated to '08

Wright County Egg tested positive 73 times in 2 years
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser User
Posted Sep 15, 2010 7:16 AM CDT
Updated Sep 15, 2010 8:04 AM CDT
Wright County Eggs, from the outside.   (AP Photo/Nirmalnedu Majumdar)
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(Newser) – You know that massive salmonella problem that led to the recall of hundreds of millions of eggs? Turns out Wright County Egg has known about it since 2008. Their barns tested positive for salmonella 73 times over the two-year period leading up to the recall, congressional investigators say. The swab and sponge tests revealed both the strain of salmonella that infects eggs and the toxic form, Salmonella enteritidis, notes the New York Times.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the documentation Wright County Egg handed over to the feds does not specify whether they'd actually taken "appropriate steps to protect the public after receiving the positive test results,” wrote Bart Stupak, who is leading the investigation. Sounds unbelievable, right? Remember, this is one of the farms found to be infested with mice and dotted with piles of manure. Ugh. (Are organic eggs better? Click here to find out. Or for other news on diet and nutrition, click here.)

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