August 25th, 2010
01:32 PM ET

Wednesday's new details on the egg recall

Here is the latest update from CNN regarding the egg recall. More clues are surfacing about the genesis of the current salmonella outbreak.

  • Public health officials in California report that it may have identified its earliest cases,  which could have tipped off the rest of the country about the tainted eggs. More than 30 students attending a prom and graduation party on May 28 and 29 in Santa Clara County became sick and some of them were hospitalized, according to the state's health department.  What ended the high school party?  Health officials believe it was a delicate custard-filled pastry called profiteroles.  Read more about the latest. The health officials also found cases linked to a Korean restaurant in San Diego County and food served on a movie set in Los Angeles, California and a Mexican restaurant in Bemidji, Minnesota.
  • Eggs are being recalled in Michigan raising the total number of states to 23 that received potentially contaminated eggs from Wright County Egg or Hillandale Farms, the distributors at the center of the recall of more than half a billion eggs.  This week, CNN has been calling  state health departments to learn where  cases of salmonella related to the egg recall are being seen.
    • In an opinion piece for CNN.com, Caroline Smith DeWaal,director of food safety at the Center for Science in the Public Interest criticized the food safety authorities, writing:  "Inspectors from the FDA had not visited either of the two egg farms implicated in the current outbreak . One of these farms has long been known to cut corners on animal welfare, environmental protection and worker safety."  She wrote in the  CNN opinion piece: "That should have signaled to the FDA that the company might be cutting corners on food safety too."

    • Food safety expert tells CNN that salmonella doesn’t discriminate among large industrial or cage free or organic farms.
    • Cage free chicken farmer, Dale Volkert of Ocoee, Florida, begs to differ.  He doesn't use hormones or byproducts on his chicken and duck farm.  He told CNN's John Couwels that, "We are different than the big guys, we don't put our chickens in cages," said Volkert. "They are about volume and we are about quality."

    Check here for more about the basics of the egg recall.

    soundoff (23 Responses)
    1. gigabiting

      Maybe with all the rampant salmonella it's time to reconsider the 5-second rule for dropped food:
      The Egg Recall: Rethinking the 5-Second Rule

      August 25, 2010 at 15:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    2. morris

      With the government wanting to get more control over the egg industry to try to prevent similar recalls in the future, expect more complex regulations, more complex paperwork, more complex inspections. The result will invariably be lax oversight by the government, higher prices for the eggs and no improvement in quality or recalls. History has proven this over and over again, the futility of complex oversight.

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