Nationwide Class Action Filed Over Egg Contamination
September 22, 2010
It always amazes me when information such as this surfaces. The question is, where is FDA in all this? Is it sufficient to have a body in charge of the food safety and then allow 426 violations to keep going. Shouldn’t someone at the FDA raised a red flag perhaps after the 100th violation? Maybe after the 20oth? Where is line?
I have previously blogged about the fact that trial lawyers seem to be doing that which is really the government job–to encourage companies to make sure the products they put in the stream of the market meet some minimum safety level.
Over the past few weeks, things have gone from bad to worse for the farms that appear to be at the epicenter of the outbreak. Last month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that both farms had a number of serious health violations, including rodent and bug infestations, manure, holes in the walls, and “dead flies too numerous to count.” FDA official Michael Taylor said the conditions represented “significant deviations from what should be happening.”
Congressional investigations currently underway have uncovered shocking information about one of the the farms’ safety records. The House Energy and Commerce Committee discovered documents showing that testing for salmonella at Wright County Egg came back positive 426 times in the period between 2008 and 2010. Up to 67 of those results were this year alone.