August 24th, 2010
03:27 PM ET

Eggs recalled, a nation scrambles

Just looking for the basics about what you need to know about the 2010 egg recall? Here are quick links that'll help answer your questions about the latest recall and salmonella outbreak.

What’s going on?

About half a billion eggs have been recalled because of  a salmonella outbreak.  While this recall involves hundreds of millions of eggs, they represent less than 1 percent of the 80 billion eggs produced in the United States each year, according to the Egg Safety Center, a trade association entity.

Egg producer Hillandale Farms of Iowa recalled some 170.4 million eggs distributed to stores and companies and another company, Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa, has recalled 380 million eggs.

Which eggs are affected?

The Egg Safety Center has a complete list of recalled eggs, their expiration dates, and brands. If you happen to have any of these don’t eat them – get rid of them or return them for a refund.

How many people have been affected?

About 1,300 cases of salmonella have been linked to eggs from Wright County Eggs and Hillandale Farms of Iowa, forcing a recall of their products in at least 17 states, according to the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What is salmonella?

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains that chickens can pass salmonella enteritidis, the bacteria at the center of the outbreak, without getting sick.  Symptoms for humans can be mild to severe, but most people will have some gastrointestinal signs.

How did salmonella get into the eggs?

Laying hens can be infected either by contact with human workers who have not followed proper sanitary procedures, or, more frequently, by consuming feed that has come into contact with rodent feces. Affected hens can transmit the bacteria from their ovaries or oviducts before the shell even forms around an egg, thus making the egg's tainted status undetectable, Eatocracy’s Kat Kinsman explains.

What’s the background on the egg companies?

Congress has asked the two Iowa-based egg producers for details on the contamination of their egg products. The companies, Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms were supplied by another company, Quality Egg, which provided feed and young birds. Both Wright County and Quality Egg are owned by the DeCoster family, which has a string of agribusiness interests in the Midwest and Northeast.

Could this have been prevented?

The latest outbreak raises serious questions about the U.S. food supply and safety.  New regulations went into effect July 9, requiring egg producers with more than 3,000 hens to take measures designed to prevent the spread of salmonella.  But the current outbreak began in May, according to the FDA.

I love eating eggs.  Do I have to give them up?

Avoid the recalled products and here are some additional safety tips.

Will I be safer if I eat cage-free or organic eggs?

Regardless of methodology, none of it ensures that the eggs are completely safe from salmonella, Eatocracy explains.

soundoff (145 Responses)
  1. Ty SMITH

    JACK WHY WILL YOUJ PUT OUT SOME EGGS THAT CAN HARM US AND KILL US?YOU JUST want the money well it not good cause you getting yourself some where you don't want to be.TIGHTING UP QUICKLY!!...

    August 24, 2010 at 16:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ty SMITH


      August 24, 2010 at 16:41 | Report abuse |
    • nada

      Words to live by.................

      August 25, 2010 at 06:24 | Report abuse |
    • TheyWantToKillUsAll

      They want to kill us all to reduce the social security benefit demands. This is my theory and opinion.

      August 25, 2010 at 11:27 | Report abuse |
    • Iskandr

      raise the prices so that more sanitary conditions be paid for? Kidding? It will go straight to the owner's pocket

      August 25, 2010 at 13:25 | Report abuse |
  2. Matt G


    Davidson's produces a Naturally pasteurized shell egg. Truly the only "safe egg" available to consumers. I wouldn't feed my children anything but Davidsons. They pasteurize the raw shell eggs and kill all food bourne illness possibilities.

    August 24, 2010 at 16:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wzrd1

      Real good, the OUTSIDE of the egg is pasteurized. Look up the process, to pasteurize the INSIDE, where salmonella IS, the egg would be cooked in the shell.
      But, guess what? Ever wonder WHY they don't have this problem in Europe? They immunize their chickens against salmonella. We don't force the plants to do that because it costs them money.

      August 24, 2010 at 18:32 | Report abuse |
    • nada

      That's it, from now on I'm just eating the shells.

      August 25, 2010 at 06:25 | Report abuse |
    • 28mamerican

      Yah wzrd1 i ate mcdonalds and now have a serious stomach ache, and dark green diarrhea. Im no expert but its probably related. It really upsets me to read that a simple immunization could have prevented this.

      August 25, 2010 at 07:06 | Report abuse |
    • cknman

      FYI ... all birds in America are vaccinated for salmonella. you folks need to know the facts before stating your uneducated opinions.

      August 25, 2010 at 07:49 | Report abuse |
    • eEffelbee

      Actually, egg pastuerization is done at low temperatures and in fact kills the bacteria inside the egg. It does not cook any part of the interior. The outsides of eggs are put through a chlorine wash which kills exterior bacteria. So the answer is that pastuerization of eggs works, though some people diasgree as to whether the taste is affected.

      August 25, 2010 at 08:57 | Report abuse |
    • eEffelbee

      cknman, all hens in America are NOT vaccinated for salmonella-they are in the United Kingdom but not here. A large number of breeders of pullets in the US do in fact vaccinate voluntarily, but not alll for sure. It is not required by law. Perhaps you are thinking of the pullorum virus.

      August 25, 2010 at 09:02 | Report abuse |
    • Bouche

      Wzrd1 – The pasteurization process, if done correctly (www.safeeggs.com), destroys the Salmonella on the outside AND the inside of the egg without cooking it. The information is out there, you just have to look. Immunizing the hen does no good if the feed is tainted with Salmonella.

      August 25, 2010 at 09:11 | Report abuse |
    • Lynn DeArmond

      Two facts:
      *They have salmonella in Europe
      *Eggs are run through a salmonella process before going into incubators.
      You either know little or nothing about poultry or are reading too many CNN reports

      August 25, 2010 at 13:26 | Report abuse |
    • Lynn DeArmond

      Half of life's humor would be gone if people became a little more educated before they speak or print. It's been some time since I've laughed as much as today and you are trying to dampen my spirits.....shame on you.

      August 25, 2010 at 17:35 | Report abuse |
    • Lynn DeArmond

      Salmonella vacination is indeed voluntary in US, but it's been years since I've been in any hatchery where the hatching eggs are not dipped in the vacination process. The process is simple and relatively inexpensive and companies despite what press would have you believe, care about consumer. What major company would want the negative publicity generated by an incident we're discussing?

      August 25, 2010 at 17:57 | Report abuse |
  3. Dave

    A vote for Republicans in November is a vote for more contaminated foods. All Republicans will deregulate factory farms. They will promote weakening of food safety laws. It is a no brainer.

    August 24, 2010 at 16:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • nada

      You are a no brainer.........but really you shouldn't be so hard on yourself. idjot

      August 25, 2010 at 06:23 | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Wow the GOP supporters are grasping for straws just like their party.

      August 25, 2010 at 06:45 | Report abuse |
    • cknman

      Dave, you obviously are hitting the reefer wayyyyy too much. There's no possible way factory farms will EVER be deregulated. This is the 2000's, not the 70's.

      August 25, 2010 at 07:54 | Report abuse |
    • BanChickenEggs

      BanChickenEggs... they kill. That is my opinion.

      August 25, 2010 at 11:29 | Report abuse |
    • ChickenEggsDontKillPeopleDo

      Chicken Eggs Don't Kill ... People Do... Ban people...

      August 25, 2010 at 11:30 | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      cknman, and Republican supporters such as you are obviously total methhead tweakers projecting their substance addictions onto others. (you pulled the drug card because you have no f'ing clue how else to argue, having no facts to share and debate with) Deregulation and the Bush administration's castration of health safety is what allowed the eggs to be contaminated in the first place. The past ten

      August 25, 2010 at 23:27 | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      cont: years saw eight solid where nobody gave a rat's ass about regulating greedy factory farms. Show me an example from the 70's where this much of any farmed food was recalled. I know you can't even ome up with an anecdote. Seriously if you don't know then stfu.

      August 25, 2010 at 23:32 | Report abuse |
  4. Oda155

    I wouldn’t say that this is a political conspiracy by Democrats or Republicans to drive up the price of chicken eggs… but give it another day or two and between Fox News and MSNBC either George Bush, Bill Clinton or President Obama will be blamed for this… although I must say I am surprised those nut-jobs who think everybody wants their guns haven’t blamed the “terrorists” yet. OK... so I'm only going to say this once... and this is all you need to know... 'FULLY COOK THE DAMN EGGS!"

    August 24, 2010 at 17:06 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dave

      Blame the concept of deregulation and its major proponents.

      August 24, 2010 at 17:12 | Report abuse |
    • Oda155

      See... I told you, and it only took ... 6 minutes!

      August 24, 2010 at 17:18 | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      It IS partially a government issue. AND it'd been ongoing for many years.
      Blii Clinton sent a memo to federal meat inspectors to not "antagonize" the meat plant management under any circumstances. Similar emasculation of our food safety programs has been ongoing since, regardless of the party in control.

      August 24, 2010 at 18:35 | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Yep you saw it coming because even you know what the truth is.

      August 25, 2010 at 06:47 | Report abuse |
    • nada


      August 25, 2010 at 08:00 | Report abuse |
    • nada


      August 25, 2010 at 08:01 | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Maybe we should ship all of the eggs to the terrorists so they can eat them?????

      August 25, 2010 at 09:09 | Report abuse |
    • Lynn DeArmond

      Suppose you are the only one priviy to rules for USDA Inspection???? You have evidently never been in any type of processing plant or seen pre-ops. USDA Inspectors take their job very seriously and have no problem holding up production to have sanitation people redo an area or piece of equipment. Additionally, equipment is swabbed to check for potential bacteria. Of course, people doing job right doesn't make for good headlines

      August 25, 2010 at 13:33 | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      nada defines "nothing" which fits its posts well.

      August 25, 2010 at 23:22 | Report abuse |
  5. Tom B

    It's not a Republican/Democrat issue. It's an issue that effects ALL americans. The trick is to buy local. I buy from a friend that raises some egg chickens. Price is good, chickens are humanly treated and the egg is fresh. Nothing better than a really FRESH egg. Help your neighbor. Help the small guy. Buy local.

    August 24, 2010 at 17:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Oda155

      Why is it a "trick? If people cooked their food properly they wouldn't need to worry about food borne illnesses... or is that just too hard to understand. local farmers have the same problems large farmers have... just on a smaller scale, an under cooked egg from your local chicken farmer is just as likely to make you as sick as that egg from the huge chicken farm-corp. Get real.

      August 24, 2010 at 17:21 | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      To Oda...

      The problems faced by large, industrial farms differ from those faced by small farms beyond the simple measure of scale. The conditions endured by animals on industrial farms are (generally) less sanitary. Please see the movie Food Inc. for more info on this.

      August 24, 2010 at 17:57 | Report abuse |
    • JR

      The problem with increased salmonella transmission is about bird poop. Caged or free range, local or big agribusiness, if the poop situation isn't fastidious, you've may have problems anywhere. Some guy with chickens running around his farm and he's not a poop cop, he can have germ issues, too.

      Not to say I'm not for locally grown, managed food. The closer the food, the fresher the product, it's all good. But it's only the poop practices of the farmer that matter with this. In other words, 'buying locally from a small producer doesn't guarantee no salmonella.

      August 24, 2010 at 23:20 | Report abuse |
  6. Tom B

    Problem solved!

    August 24, 2010 at 17:18 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chef K

      That is wrong. Local, small production eggs ARE safer, because smaller flocks are healthier and don't have whirlwind spreads of pathogens. The animals are kept in conditions which allow for good health. You can go and see them. Never would industry allow you to tour the horror of battery-hen egg production.
      Europe routinely tests flocks and destroys hens who show mutated salmonella in the ovary. Long ago, salmonella existed only in the digestive tract, so proper sanitation was all that was required. Now that the pathogen has mutated, through antibiotic overdoses and appalling conditions, it is often endemic to the bird's ovary. Even the most careful food handlers can now spread salmonella through cross-contamination by eggs infected within the ovary. I teach food handler safety, and I know it is impossible to avoid every germ. It is ridiculous to put the onus on the consumer to overcook every egg. Not only that, but merely having eggs from salmonella-ovary-infected flocks in your home is a threat, because cross-contamination is so very easy to do.
      Insist that we follow the lead of Europe for smaller, cleaner, better-regulated egg production. If possible, reject factory-produced animal foods, demand clean, small local sources, be willing to pay a bit more, and we will all be safer. Treat animals like machines, tolerate filthy conditions, and demand the cheapest product, and we will all suffer.

      August 24, 2010 at 18:07 | Report abuse |
    • BewareSmallEggs

      Never trust a small egg. That is my opinion.

      August 25, 2010 at 11:31 | Report abuse |
    • Lynn DeArmond

      Chef K,
      How do you teach people to handle raw chicken in your food safety handling classes since Salmonellea is almost always present and cross contamination is virtually unavoidable. Additionally, buying from local small producers are fine, but impractical. With continual dwindling of agricultural lands, consumers would be looking at extra dollars per dozen, not cents if not for large producers. You also mention the effect of antibiotics. Might interest you to know European countries have poultry on antibiotics from the day hatched, while American producers wait until the chicken is actually diagnosed with disease. You'd think Europe has all the answers....of course they did introduce something to the world....Mad Cow Disease:)

      August 25, 2010 at 17:51 | Report abuse |
    • Chef K

      I teach people to handle chicken as though it were TOXIC WASTE!!! We always assume contamination. I personally will no longer eat commercial chicken, alas!
      And antibiotics are often used not just for their germ fighting properties, but because they have a steroid effect on growth.

      Smaller scale, more local production is restricted by the PRICE we are willing to pay. You can absolutely get grass-pastured eggs in Brooklyn, you are just going to have to pay $6 a dozen for them. The US pays a lower portion of its income for food than any other industrialized nation, and this is at the root of our quality problems. Conscientious farming will never be cheap, but if those of us who can possibly afford it make it a priority and create the demand, supplies will grow and prices will come down from boutique levels to merely a bit more.

      August 25, 2010 at 18:53 | Report abuse |
    • Lynn DeArmond

      Chef K,
      Interested in what studies reference anitbiotics having a steroid effect on chicken? I'll also point out again that Europe far outpaces the US in the use of antibiotics in poultry. On cost of eggs from small farms, grass fed chickens etc. Our country eats far more eggs than could ever be produced causing severe shortages and even higher prices than the $6/dozen you mentioned, That is just simple supply and demand economics 101. Lastly, my Amish neighbor who has 30-40 grass eating chickens has lost his total flock this summer to disease. My guess is they'd all be alive with use of antibiotics

      August 25, 2010 at 21:17 | Report abuse |
  7. A Chicken

    Look guys,

    Don't blame us! You pile us on top of each other in dirty cramped cages. We are forced to dump all over in each which is incredibly embarrassing. Then when you finally open the cages, instead of hoping for freedom, you kill us ! I've lost many relatives and friends this way. I don't know how many funerals I have been to. I've lost count. Many of us were just simply trying to cross the road to get to the other side only to be abducted. We have a hard life. :(..

    August 24, 2010 at 17:28 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Oda155

      Speaking for myself Mr. A. Chicken... I love you chickens! I mean if you just think of the many ways that you can be cooked… Southern Fried, Kentucky Fried, Baked, Shaked and Baked, Boiled, Roasted, Stewed, Fricassee, Salad, Sandwich, BBQ’d, hell, even those big a$$ chicken wing they have at Church’s Chicken… So please, let me be the first to thank you for your sacrifice Mr. A. Chicken.

      (Did I leave out anything… I said baked and.. oh, NUGGETS!)

      August 24, 2010 at 17:50 | Report abuse |
    • Meow

      There is a place for all of God's creatures. It's next to the mashed potatoes. Take your Peta crap elsewhere.

      August 24, 2010 at 19:01 | Report abuse |
    • Meow is stupid

      Hey Meow, did the chicken make you feel guilty? I bet so. No other reason for your harsh remark. Excuse them for wanting to save a freaking animal. The world would do a lot better if YOU were never born. Why don't you go kill yourself you worthless douchebag.

      August 25, 2010 at 20:02 | Report abuse |
  8. Manny HM

    Gamma irradiation of eggs ? Why not ? Meat is irradiated to control E. coli 157, so are spices ! Irradiation is routinely used to sterilize pharmaceuticals. Irradiation should be seriously considered. Half a billion eggs is a lot to be wasted.

    August 24, 2010 at 18:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scott, Austin TX

      Irradiation sounds like a good idea, however, like pasteurization destroys many naturally occurring beneficial enzymes and damages some of the essential amino acids within the egg. This greatly decreases the basic natural nutrition of the egg or meat. Sterializing all food is not the answer, however it's easy and thus I fear that it will be impossible or very expensive in the future to purchase natural raw foods. This recently became common practice with almonds, it's now nearly impossible to purchase raw almonds in the USA.

      August 24, 2010 at 19:22 | Report abuse |
    • SaveTheChicken

      Stop the endless slaughter of chickens. Find something else to eat. Try dishonest lawyers... they taste rotten, but you'll get use to them. That is my opinion.

      August 25, 2010 at 11:32 | Report abuse |
  9. linda haskell

    there any concerns about getting the flu shots, because of the egg recalls, thanking you in advance for your replies
    linda haskell

    August 24, 2010 at 18:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • FluShotSamonella

      Flu shots made from eggs now spread Samonella. Never get a flu shot again. Flu shots kill. That is my opinion.

      August 25, 2010 at 11:34 | Report abuse |
  10. bbb

    actually feed can be contamenated easier at some small scale family egg store than at the factory farms

    August 24, 2010 at 18:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Dennis

    I have a box of eggs that I forgot where I purchased from and had already thrown away the box. I have already ate a few of them without becoming sick. Would it be safe to say those eggs are okay?

    August 24, 2010 at 18:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • AllDepends

      All depends. Ask yourself, "Do I like playing Russian Roulette?" That is my opinion.

      August 25, 2010 at 11:35 | Report abuse |
  12. Karen Saucedo

    This is an excellent opportunity to finally force the egg & poultry industry to do some housekeeping and change their processes. The sole reason for this contamination is FILTH. These animals are crammed into cages and left to survive or die, living in their own waste, suffering, and then fed to us, the customer. If factory farms used more humane ways of keeping these animals it would benefit everyone. WHERE is the USDA? Notice no one posting is asking the real questions:
    WHY does this process of crowding, filth, and disease continue? Why isn't our food raised in a healthy environment. Why doesn't the FDA take action? We shuttle to our space station but we still eat contaminated FILTH??????

    August 24, 2010 at 19:02 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Walrus

      Karen, you ask why it continues to happen? Quit blaming the egg companies, blame the people buying the eggs. We are the ones with the money, we are the ones doing the shopping, we are the ones with the choice at the store and what do WE choose???? We chose the cheapest eggs. They produce Organic and Cage Free and Pasteurized, but WE aren't buying it. People have got to quit blaming businesses when they have consumers demanding the cheapest product no matter how it was made. I read that less than 5% of eggs sold are cage free/organic...so obviously not many people are willing to put their money where their mouth is when it comes time to pay up. As for me, I grew up collecting eggs on our 20 chicken farm...only after I banged on the outside of the house to scare out the mice/rats/weasels...so don't tell me small, local farmers don't have problems. Anyway, my point is...we shouldn't blame companies for our choices. Does anyone believe in personal responsibility anymore?

      August 24, 2010 at 22:31 | Report abuse |
  13. Tom

    Are most of the half billion recalled eggs going into landfill? Can you use these eggs as compost? Can you boil these eggs and use it as animal feed?

    August 24, 2010 at 19:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. SayWhat

    "Eggs recalled, a nation scrambles" ... CNN your headlines are awful and jokes are not appropriate at this time!

    August 24, 2010 at 19:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Brian

    My father taught journalism in college. I remember once he started laughing for no apparent reason. I asked him what was so funny. He said "I am teaching people how to be news clowns."

    August 24, 2010 at 19:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Maria Coyle

    To the Editor:

    In a cause-effect chain which ultimately harms and can kill consumers, the culprits are the heartless producers immersed in greed and power. The direct victims are the poor animals whose lives and yes, dignity are mercilessly crushed. Once you see live chickens crammed in cages like dead sardines, who wants to eat eggs? Only the heartless and the ultimate innocent victims, people out here, out there. All animals, four legged, and two, or fish, like Temple Grandin pointed out concerning cattle, are our victims. If we allow producers to take their lives the least we can do is to make sure they are respected up until the moment they're butchered. Greed must have limits or we are all doomed. " If not now, when?" Please do something, spread the word.

    Maria Arreaza-Coyle
    Teacher/Applied Linguist
    Tel. 815- 877- 7346

    August 24, 2010 at 19:12 | Report abuse | Reply
    • duder43

      Going to call you after I finish my omelet.

      August 25, 2010 at 12:45 | Report abuse |
    • Lynn DeArmond

      I'm wondering how many actual farms of heartlessand and greedy producers you've actually visited or is your view based on some column, book, or video you've seen? As a former producer, I can attest that most of us consider ourselves caretakers and work diligently to give our livestock the best conditions as they are our livlihood. As far as greedy producers.......our financial return is based on market conditions and there are years we made far less than a teacher would with much more labor. You would also be more credible if you researched the production cylcle of food. Producers don't kill the chickens....slaughter plants do. Bottom line: There are certainly some poor producers much as your industry has some lousy teachers(as our national scores certainly indicate). I'm really interested what our country is doing to get rid of the lousy teachers. I think we all need to make our voices heard about lousy teachers.....don't you?

      August 26, 2010 at 09:02 | Report abuse |
  17. John

    What I'd like to know is how the eggs got contaminated and if measures are being put in place to stop it from happening again?

    August 24, 2010 at 19:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. BradFromKentucky

    I have to echo what many have already stated...this is a massive waste of food no matter how you look at it. While it is true that not all forms of cooking will completely kill the bacteria, a good hard boiling will do the job every time. We basically just wasted a billion delicious deviled egg halfs, tasty salad toppings, a healthy breakfast for the entire country, ect. Instead why not just label all cartons with these eggs in them as "possibly contaminated" and just sell them at cost. Or if that doesn't work donate them to help feed those that need it. I'm sure they wouldn't mind their eggs a little overcooked.

    August 24, 2010 at 19:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Mark

    Well if people would cook them right and stop eating them nasty and runny, they wouldn't have this problem. They should carry a warning lable on the package "Notice: The consumption of raw or undercooked eggs, meat, poultry, seafood or shellfish may increase your risk of food borne illness." Common sense folks... cook your food right, problem solved, all done, keep eating eggs...

    August 24, 2010 at 20:19 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mark

      I don't wanna eat your nasty runny eggs anyway...

      August 24, 2010 at 20:20 | Report abuse |
    • Steven

      Runny eggs are the MOST delicious. Who wants nasty overcooked eggs?

      August 25, 2010 at 08:42 | Report abuse |
  20. Tim McHugh

    Watch the movie "Food, Inc."

    We have plenty to fear from factory farming.

    August 24, 2010 at 20:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lynn DeArmond

      Food inc is biased and film make like Michael Moore has an agenda...period.

      August 25, 2010 at 18:06 | Report abuse |
  21. angler1957

    is waffle house safe to eat at ???

    August 24, 2010 at 20:54 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Waffle Boy

      Yes, go to breakfast...

      August 25, 2010 at 09:12 | Report abuse |
  22. Lynn DeArmond

    It's a shame there's so much ignorance when it comes to our food supply. We stll by far have the safest food in the world and although it's great to support local businesses, our food costs would be 20 times our current costs if we went back in time due to short supply. It's real simple folks......you cook your food to temp and you'll stay well.

    August 24, 2010 at 21:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • andrea

      So Lynn, why do you assume that we have the safest food in the world?? Do you know what kinds of regulations are used for factory farms around the globe???
      Please get the facts, the only thing that people care about is money, and these corporately owned farms have you by the butt.

      August 25, 2010 at 01:50 | Report abuse |
    • cknman

      Andrea, obviously you don't know what kinds of regulations factory farms have ... please get your facts straight before making uneducated opinions.

      August 25, 2010 at 08:04 | Report abuse |
    • Lynn DeArmond

      With all respect, I've been in food industry for nearly all my life and know a fair amount about the facts. Although some "factory farms" do have deplorable conditions, it's a myth that all have chickens on top of each other with no room to move. Additionally, the stories of better health for chickens running around out in a yard or field as in parts of Europe are also a myth. There is over a 35% mortality rate for chickens in that enviorment due to fecal material from wild birds and other animals. Diseases such as cholera run rampant and some have the ability to be passed on to humans. How quickly we forget bird flu etc and that certainly didn't start in USA

      August 25, 2010 at 09:35 | Report abuse |
  23. Liou

    How do the companies handle those half billion recalled eggs? Is there any agency that will oversee the whole process of "destroying" the eggs?????? I surely hope those companies will not be able to contaminate the earth again!!

    August 24, 2010 at 21:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • bobby

      I think they are selling them to kids to egg your house on Halloween

      August 25, 2010 at 10:48 | Report abuse |
  24. jim jones

    All you need to know is DON'T EAT THE EGGS

    August 24, 2010 at 21:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Susan

    In the name of $2, just throw your eggs away and wait a week or so to buy some more. For goodness sake, get a grip America.

    August 24, 2010 at 21:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • keg

      And then the big companies win, they have their money......

      August 25, 2010 at 09:13 | Report abuse |
  26. YeahRight!

    what do you mean by traditional farm?

    August 24, 2010 at 21:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. concerned

    So, they use chicken eggs to develop flu vaccines among others.
    Have any of these eggs been shipped to the drug companies who manufacture these vaccines, and have any of these vaccines been released to public health officals, hopitals and doctors?

    August 24, 2010 at 22:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. George Lopez

    Why did the salmonella chicken cross the road? Something about an old guy with a white beard chasing him with his secret herbs and spices

    August 24, 2010 at 22:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Eileen

    quote "Both Wright County and Quality Egg are owned by the DeCoster family, which has a string of agribusiness interests in the Midwest and Northeast"

    The truth is, the DeCoster Family has had a LONG LIST of VIOLATIONS with regard to farming.

    quote"Congress has asked the two Iowa-based egg producers for details on the contamination of their egg products"

    What a joke. I'm sure quite a few dollars have changed hands so that the DeCosters could endanger more lives. The DeCosters have been sued by the state of IOWA five times, they have been penalized for OSHA violations, they have been found guilty of safety and health violations. What, exactly, does Congress wish to know? The DeCosters are HABITUAL offenders who harm workers, animals, and consumers in the name of profit. The agencies that should be protecting us are clearly not doing so! These people need to be thrown in prison, or at the least banned from doing business in the US.

    August 24, 2010 at 23:02 | Report abuse | Reply
    • John

      In China (Cheung Shu-hung), Japan (lots), or Korea (Chung Mong-hun), he would have offed himself for dishonoring and betraying his company and his family.

      At the very least, he should be in jail.

      August 25, 2010 at 07:25 | Report abuse |
  30. JR

    Cook your eggs, people. Have good kitchen food handling practices that avoids cross contamination between raw, uncooked food that might be contaminated and everything else. Wash your hands.

    And know that the FDA could get dictatorship powers, but when you're talking about live animals and produce grown in fields, you CANNOT HAVE PERFECTION. It's not possible to allow for every contingency, even if you're perfect in practices. Animals have germs, dirt has germs, it's the way that the world works. You want perfection, we then need home irradiation systems where we zap things just before we eat them.

    We can encourage BETTER or BEST practices, but we cannot expect perfect practices. They don't exist in the real world.

    August 24, 2010 at 23:24 | Report abuse | Reply
    • John

      Low cost vaccines would have prevented this. They do it in Europe, they vaccinate chickens against salmonella there, no problems.

      Look up the chicken farm behind the salmonella outbreak, and it's owner Jack DeCoster. The guy has terrible living and working conditions for human workers and for the chicken, he's been fined multiple times but the fines are so low and ineffective that it's cheaper to just keep doing wrong and accepting the few fines he gets as a cost of doing business. And he almost exclusively exploits illegal immigrant labor, since they're dirt cheap and not likely to complain.

      Yeah, nothing is going to be perfect, but there is a bare fracking minimum of safety and quality we could try to attain here.

      August 25, 2010 at 07:20 | Report abuse |
    • Lynn DeArmond

      once again, son't let the truth get in the way of fiction.....Poultry are vaccinated for all types of disease; hiwever, no current vaccination will gurantee salmonella prevention.....at best a small deterent. Farther down you mention Europe having no salmonella or limited disease. Wrong again as they've had numerous poultry diseases over the years, although on a minor scale as they have far less poultry. Interestingly enough, Europe immediately turns to USA for advice when confronting disease.

      August 25, 2010 at 12:43 | Report abuse |
  31. Judy

    There's really not much you need to know about the eggs. 1. Don't buy them. 2. Don't touch them. 3. Don't eat eggs. This, too, shall pass.

    August 24, 2010 at 23:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Jenni

    Best...headline...ever LOL

    August 25, 2010 at 00:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. meatczar

    Cook Your Food,, Please, Please,, Cook your Food

    August 25, 2010 at 00:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Maria

    I thought cooking killed salmonella. So if you are scrambling your eggs and not leaving them runny, or as long as you break the yolk and cook it thoroughly, it seems to me it would be safe.

    August 25, 2010 at 01:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lynn DeArmond

      160 degree temps absolutely kill salmonella.....absolutely.

      August 25, 2010 at 12:44 | Report abuse |
  35. Elizabeth

    So our food was unsafe and FDA was slow to even bother to warn us until many people were ill BIG SURPRISE!!!
    Why don't they say what brands are unsafe not which farms so the public can figure out if what they are going to eat is safe or not? Food safety in this country is a joke and needs to be fixed!
    Protect Americans from unsafe and bio engineered "Franken foods"!!!!!!
    We have a right to choose what we eat and to know what we are being sold to consume!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 25, 2010 at 05:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. John

    These are problems they don't have in Europe, where the food industry is not allowed to write the law and regulators aren't in bed with the megacorporations they are supposed to be regulating.

    Here in the U.S., this is just the natural result of Americans wanting cheap food and not caring where it comes from so long as it's cheap. We'll spend $100 on a fancy dress or $800 on a LCD HDTV, but god forbid we spend more then the absolute minimum on the food we need to eat to survive.

    August 25, 2010 at 07:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sharon

      John, I don't spend $100 on clothes in a year, and my tv is a 26-inch flat panel that I got when my mother died. I'm a senior citizen living on SS and the stock market; the monthly allotment from my financial planner is the same now as it was in 1996 – and it's getting darn hard to live on that $2500/month before taxes, so I am *forced* to consider price when buying food. I do as much food shopping as possible at Dollar General; the rest is from Walmart. I simply do not have the luxury of choosing expensive food, although I do get cage-free eggs at Walmart. I would love to buy "natural" beef at the local Pennsylvania Dutch market – but I can't afford it. So please don't castigate all of us for buying "cheap" – sometimes, it's the only choice we have.

      August 25, 2010 at 16:39 | Report abuse |
  37. cknman

    get your facts straight CNN ... farms with more than 30,000 hens have to be registered with FDA. DeCosta's in this predicament because he thought lawyers could get him out of any situation and ignored numerous reports over the past several years stating changes needed to be made. So due to one man's poor decision making skills, thousands of folks are getting sick and the egg industry's being scrutinized.

    August 25, 2010 at 07:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. ktvw

    The govt keeps saying "cook the eggs thoroughly" but you never hear about the stuff routinely made with raw or undercooked eggs or egg whites or egg yolks – ice cream, mayonaise, some salad dressings, merrangue (sp?) (like on lemon merrangue pie) some frostings... some really nice cold soups are made with a raw egg whipped into it. What about these things? Are we supposed to get all crazy about these things too?

    August 25, 2010 at 07:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. kc97driver

    You have told us everything we need to know about the egg recall except the States involved in the recall. What are they?
    Maybe I missed something somewherehere.

    August 25, 2010 at 08:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. garyo


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  41. Humpty Dumpty

    It's amazing the amount of ignorance the general public has regarding this "incident" and the terrible media coverage that basically sensationalizes what is going on. Salmonella enteritidis is present in chickens, whether they are from a large company, or small; caged or free-ranged. Even hens that have received the vaccine for salmonella enteritidis still have the bacteria present. It is part of the natural fauna of a chicken’s digestive system. In fact it is normally present in a human’s intestinal tract as well. Thousands of Americans show symptoms of food poisoning every year from this bacterium, but it is usually not sever. Ever gotten an upset stomach or not felt well after eating? Guess what, you probably had food poisoning but it was a mild case and your immune system fought it off.

    Guess what people, we are not the only organism on this planet and there are things that can hurt you a lot worse than other humans. Wash and cook your food properly or you will get sick, eventually. People need to read a book for a change, this is not news!!!

    August 25, 2010 at 09:36 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lynn DeArmond

      Thank you Humpty....a voice of reason!

      August 25, 2010 at 12:45 | Report abuse |
  42. River

    I watched the movie "Rocky" a couple of months ago and was inspired. I've been drinking 6 raw eggs (from a clean glass) every day after my training. Am I in trouble?

    August 25, 2010 at 09:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. ross


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  44. ross

    ...(what the..) ... BUUUUCK!!!!!!!!

    August 25, 2010 at 10:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Thomas

    Sorry this is just dumb. The "experts" are trying to convince us that salmonella eggs are nothing new and to just cook them thoroughly. Nonsense. My grandmom ate soft-boiled or raw eggs everyday her entire 94 year life in the USA. As an American currently living in Italy, I never see outbreaks here of salmonella or other bacteria or viruses... why? They irradiate meat, poultry and eggs here. This issue is about our American government failing to insure a safe food supply. But hey, as long as our food producers can save a buck they'll keep lining Congresses pockets & lobbying. CNN should be calling attention to these failures instead of justifying the smoke our gov is blowing.

    August 25, 2010 at 10:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • fuelyourlife

      Its nonsense that people are trying to blame it on the actual cooking of the eggs. This is absolutely RIDICULOUS. thanks for pointing this out.

      August 30, 2010 at 10:44 | Report abuse |
  46. CS

    I am curious....the outbreak / detection of salmonella in these eggs. It is now near the end of August! Hmmm...lets do the math....3 months? Why was the public not notified of this sooner? Why did it take 3 months to issue a recall? That's right...big business wins again.

    August 25, 2010 at 10:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Jeff

    Well...at least we aren't having to kill the chickens. But it is kind of a double edged sword here. There isn't a day that goes by that we eat an egg in either it's egg form...or used in the making of another food.

    Cause if we start to worry about that part of eggs...then might as well...stop eating cakes...pies....pancakes....and whatever else people put eggs in.

    August 25, 2010 at 10:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. WellDuh

    I still think its odd that so many of you are so upset- this is a common thing in other countries. Maybe not this wide spread but that's what happens when the suppliers are forced to produce at a break neck pace. Take a step back- don't be so greedy and accept a higher price. If the price goes up they will have the money to pay for better care of the chickens.... poor chickens 🙁

    August 25, 2010 at 11:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • alex

      what assurances do we have that if the price of eggs be raised, it will be used to produce better, more sanitary conditions; instead of putting it into the supplier's pocket?

      August 25, 2010 at 13:10 | Report abuse |
    • Iskandr

      raise the prices so that more sanitary conditions be paid for? Kidding? It will go straight to the owner's pocket

      August 25, 2010 at 13:21 | Report abuse |
  49. Dolphin

    All of this could be avoided if people would just stop eating raw eggs. Fry the eggs to well done and that would end this scourge.

    August 25, 2010 at 11:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. bean

    anyone care to look at the recall list? They are ALL expired. These eggs are long gone. The outbreak is long gone.

    August 25, 2010 at 11:58 | Report abuse | Reply
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