Aug 19, 2010 Politicol News Feed -FDA has Egg on their face with 380 million eggs recalled and the numbers are expanded from 220 million yesterday. The total estimate could go higher and each day is getting worse with food safety in America.
But the story begins in the history of this problem and gets worse -much worse as we investigated why this all happened and who is responsible for the salmonella outbreak.
Also included today is The New List of Egg Recalls
Who: Wright County Egg an industrialized farm.
What: Expanding its recall (original recall date: August 13, 2010)
Which Stores and Brands are affected:
Albertsons, Farm Fresh, James Farms, Glenview, Mountain Dairy, Ralphs, Boomsma, Lund, Kemps and Pacific Coast.
Eggs are packed in varying sizes of cartons (6-egg cartons, dozen egg cartons, 18-egg cartons, and loose eggs for institutional use, schools, deli’s, sandwich counters, restaurants and repackaged to suit the type of distribution.
Identifying Numbers on Egg Cartons: Julian dates ranging from 136 to 229
Plant numbers 1720 and 1942.
Where: California, Arizona, Missouri, Minnesota, Texas, Georgia, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Nevada, Iowa, Illinois, Utah, Nebraska, Arkansas, Wisconsin
Eggs are packaged under the following brand names:
Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps.
Eggs are packed in varying sizes of cartons (6-egg cartons, dozen egg cartons, 18-egg cartons)
Dates: ranging from 136 to 225
Plant numbers 1026, 1413 and 1946.
Why: Possible Salmonella
More: This recall is of shell eggs only. ( List -courtesy of Newsmax.com)
This makes you wonder if the FDA is working actively to secure the food supply or are just packing a lunch? Are they protecting our food supply or making it worse by allowing no inspections on industrialized farms such as Smithfields’ and Wright County Egg.
Wright County Egg situated in Galt, Iowa was founded by Jack DeCoster who started in Maine where he was charged with a list of violation. Decoster then decided to expanded operations to Iowa in a huge industrialized chicken farm in Galt where he is now embroiled in a nation wide recall of a half a billion eggs.
The USDA, FDA and CDC have traced the salmonella involved in the massive outbreak of food poisoning found it’s source at Jack Decosters’ door.
The senior De Coster is the initiator of the massive egg industrial farm that provides eggs through massive distribution routes through many states including California, Colorado, Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin and the State of Iowa itself.
Phone calls to the company have not been returned and they are in hiding trying to block information to the public about their salmonella eggs which will cost them millions if the FDA or CDC had the backbone to fine them for this disgraceful example of tainted industrial farm foods.
The safety of Americans is worth the effort to insure these industrial farms are following safety regulations when it is obvious that the government is sleeping at the switch. Regulators are not regulating and inspectors are turning a blind eye to corporate farms that can potentially and massively infect a whole nation quickly and effectively poison the nation.
Today the FDA added a vegetable protein and 10,000 more products to the banned foods that are now carrying the deadly salmonella bacteria which can kill. The media is not covering people who have been made sick by this disgusting filthy food safety record of the FDA.
The government blames the Wright County Egg company and people are sick and tired of playing games with the nation’s food. If President Obama was seriously considering keeping health care costs down he would shut down these industrialized farms or at least govern their inspections more closely. Instead the FDA is shutting down small milk producers like the Amish farmers who have cleaner standards than the FDA allows in industrialized farms.
The FDA is Falling Down on the Job of Public Food Safety
It is clearly obvious that the FDA is failing to fulfill their mandate and that is to ensure that the US food supply is of the highest quality, does not contain filth, does not contain bacteria and is not allowed to be transported with out inspection inter state or other wise.
The Iowa eggs are causing major problems in Dallas and these eggs are transported across country on any given day by the millions.
Major lawsuits are already in the works as the nation gets sickened, people are hospitalized with a bacterial poison in their bloodstream. The website for the company is inaccessible on Google and is fronted by many listings from the FDA therefore the company could not be reached for comment.
This egg problem has been consistent since June and for two months the FDA has failed to protect the public from salmonella in eggs sold at big chain grocery stores across the country.
In June a woman from Galt which is the headquarters for Wright Egg Company – Tanja Dzinovic was sickened by eating a cobb salad made with boiled eggs and she was infected with salmonella enteritidis which sent her to the hospital. The government agencies like to call this infection “enteritidis” but there is no hiding the fact that it is actually food poisoning.
A woman from Galt was sickened by salmonella two months ago which means that anyone who contracted salmonella from June 2010 to yesterday’s announcement could file a lawsuit against Wright Egg as well. Tanja Dzinovic filed a lawsuit against the company which will surely be followed by thousands more across the country.
The Violator Behind the 380 Million Egg Recall that Put Americans lives at risk is Jack Decoster and his Wright Egg Farm operations in Iowa and Maine
Eggs in industrialized farms such as Wright Egg are allowed to be covered in rat droppings due to the filthy conditions in industrialized farms and are approved by the lack of FDA inspections which only occur twice per year.
But the details of how these eggs were infected is still not disclosed to the public but the poison could be in the eggs, on the inner shell, or the outer shell but most likely they are in the egg and the bacteria is not killed by boiling or frying the eggs. Symptoms will not show up for two or three days and most people are unaware they have been infected by the eggs.
History of Violations at DeCoster Industrialized Egg Farm:
Previous Law suits against DeCoster in the 1980’s show that Jack DeCoster pleaded guilty on federal immigration charges and paid 2.1 million in fines then mostly because he hired illegal immigrant workers to work on his industrial farm. The State of Iowa calls Jack DeCoster a repeat offender of environmental laws, immigration laws, rape, animal abuse and other charges. The Supreme Court ruled that Jack DeCoster could not build a hog containment farm for his son Peter DeCoster when they applied for a license.
Still today the 220 million contaminated eggs has been increased to a recall of 380 million eggs to be destroyed by returning them to the vendor. As Bob Marler reports these CEO’s with criminal records continue to run their flop farms are filthy rich but are killing people with the approval of the FDA.
More information on the Decoster Industrialized Farm corporation:
Video on Animal Cruelty on Industrialized Farms ( not for children).
The Wright Egg Farm uses battery cage confinement shown in the video above.
The chickens are kept in confined spaces, live in filthy conditions which breeds salmonella.
Decoster Farms has also been an industrial polluter of land and water.
Decoster Farms has exposed workers to lethal asbestos in the chicken houses.
Decoster Farms hires illegal workers at its plants and has been accused of harassment of those workers.
Decoster himself has been charged with raping poor migrant female workers on his farm and threatened to fire them if they reported his actions.
July 1996 Decoster was fined 3.6 million dollars for mistreatment of migrant workers forcing them to handle manure and dead chickens with their bare hands.
Iowa State has named Decoster as a habitual violator of state and federal regulations and laws and today the Decosters are responsible for a 388 million dollar FDA recall that risked the lives of millions of Americans.
In May, 2010 The Maine authorities fined Jack Decoster only $ 34,674.11 for cruelty to animals at one of his egg farms in Turner, Maine. The company admitted guilt to 10 counts of animal cruelty, when the Maine state officials saw the video tape (see below) they still allowed this farm to continue its operations.
There were 81,000 caged chickens in one barn alone and wired cages held 5 birds in one cage.
Figures quoted from the Sun Journal
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Editors Note: We need the last inspection date of when the FDA approved, inspected and allowed this farm to continue putting the public at risk.
Updated August 20, 2010 MSNBC Video
Updated: August 26, 2010
The number of recalled eggs has reached 880 million eggs as California has recalled another 330 million eggs which came from Wright County Egg in Iowa. Another farm nearby Hallandale Farms which is connected to Wright County Egg by either sharing the same chickens or feed also has had to recall its eggs.
Today the FDA is attempting to announce the use of vaccines for chickens to prevent salmonella rather than enforcing stricter sanitary regulations on factory farms.