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- Aug 27, 2005
- Reaction score
- Houston, TX
- Political Leaning
WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- A U.S. egg producer linked to an outbreak of salmonella knew of the possible presence of the bacteria in its hen houses as far back as 2008, records show.
Documents released Tuesday by congressional investigators show there were 73 instances over about two years in which tests in Wright County Egg's barns in Iowa showed the presence of salmonella bacteria, including the strain that infects eggs and causes human illness, The New York Times reported.
I strongly believe that this incident warrants criminal charges to be filed. The people who ran this egg producer are lucky that nobody died. Otherwise, I would be calling for homicide charges on their "bottom line profit margin" asses. There is absolutely no excuses for what happened, and this crap has been going on for 10 years at this egg factory alone. Not only that, but the USDA, which is charged with keeping our food safe, knew about the problems there and only gave out token violations, which the company proceeded to pretty much ignore.
Something needs to be done, the penalties need to be as harsh as the law allows, and the USDA inspectors who didn't do their jobs need to be summarily fired.
One more thing - This is a perfect example of why I am not completely against government regulation.
Article is here.