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September 22nd, 2010
12:38 PM ET

Company in egg recall had been warned

A company under fire after a salmonella outbreak that sickened more than 1,600 people has had "warning after warning" about conditions at its farms for decades, the chairman of a congressional committee probing the outbreak said Wednesday.

Watch the House commerce subcommittee hearing live here.

Need a refresher on the egg recall situation? Here are the basics of what happened.

And here's a roundup of egg safety coverage from Eatocracy.


Filed under: Food Safety

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  1. Not getting it

    These companies have lots of money. They will pay a token fine and life will go on. Not much will change and the public will probably suffer again. Such is the way in the US anymore. PEOPLE COME LAST.

    September 22, 2010 at 12:49 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Barry R.

      Hey well at least the egg company is not killing 400,000 plus people in the US like the tobacco companies are doing. I guess for those "let the market place decide" folks the response would be 'you can choose not to eat eggs'!?

      September 22, 2010 at 13:13 | Report abuse |
    • Don

      Good point Barry R. I've been hooked on smoking for 25 years. That never should have happened and it's not fair. I see young kids (like 15 years old) smoking in the park on my way home from work. The police don't care, their parents don't know, so they will become addicted. All because of the huge amount of money big tabacco pushes at the government.

      September 22, 2010 at 13:24 | Report abuse |
    • SteveMD2

      Fines are just a cost of doing business for these companies all of whom are trying to take over our country in the name of more profits.

      To hell with fines. this company's failures, to maintain sanitation standards are legendary and extreme. Its on the web. Why – because the owners and top mgt people get paid to produce profits, and you and your children aren't part of that equation.

      So, its time that when the preponderence of evidence is that a company caused lots of injury to people due to consistent and gross failures to insure its products were safe, there is only one solution

      Put the management in Jail – and not a country club jail. How about a year. No probation, no early release. Maybe that would change things.

      And you can bet that this, and other things liike this, like the dog food poisoning and many other cases, would quickly come to an end for all practical purposes.

      The government maintains a near death grip on who flies jetliners. And problems with experienced pilots are rare. We need the same type of oversight for what we and our children ingest.

      And that means that if you vote republican this year, you are helping to enable the corporate control of our nation. And better think reall carefully about what you eat, after the companies (the fox) guard the henhouses. (really fits doesn't it?_

      September 22, 2010 at 14:59 | Report abuse |
  2. Edward M

    One sentence? That's it?

    September 22, 2010 at 12:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. JohnB

    SO CLOSE THEM DOWN PERMANENTLY!!! You KILL people....you are done.

    September 22, 2010 at 12:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Matt

      "SO CLOSE THEM DOWN PERMANENTLY!!! You KILL people....you are done."

      Um, they didn't kill anyone.

      September 22, 2010 at 15:15 | Report abuse |
  4. Rockloper

    warning after warning for decades? Why bother paying people for governmental oversight?

    September 22, 2010 at 12:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Robfrom MO

    CORPORATE GREED strikes again!

    September 22, 2010 at 13:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Jeff

    Why are the inspectors and regulators not being criticized with equal zeal? They ALL played a roll in this happening.

    September 22, 2010 at 13:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. janetlaw

    What is so hard about this? Warning after warning? How many does it take to close them down? One? Two? Eighty? How about a rule in place? Oh, that's right, musn't have the big bad government punish businesses when they do wrong, God forbid.

    September 22, 2010 at 13:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Terry Daniel

    What's new? I went inside an egg producing facility in Tennessee in 1982 and the things that I saw then are exactly the same as has been described with the current egg producing facilities. The things that I saw were so disgustly unsanitary that I went home and immediately ordered a brooder and 50 chicks from Sears and began raising my own chickens and eggs, which I still do today. My uncle was a USDA inspector and we had several conversations about how plants get around the inspections and his comments to me were that he was trying to make it to retirement without creating any big waves and he could not write up a large plant because of the political connections the large plants had. If he stopped a plant because of unsafe conditions the plant manager would call his boss who would call the home office who would call his congressman and within an hour my uncle would be called in and reprimanded for stopping production at a plant that was not following proper procedures or safe guidelines. We don't need more inspectors....we need for our inspectors to have more clout.

    September 22, 2010 at 13:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Pat. Madison. WI

    If you don't care about sanitation....if you don't care about safety...why do you still have customers? The people who bought these eggs need to be held responsible too. It is not enough to blame the farm. The companies who buy their eggs anywhere it is the cheapest are too blame as well. By the way, if you think that the eggs in the "ABC" company egg crates were raised on "ABC" farms.....wrong. The name on the crate has nothing to do with the farm that those eggs came from. My solution is that I am buying my eggs from local farms now and avoid buying eggs in restaurants because I don't know where they got their eggs – but I know that they paid the cheapest price possible.

    September 22, 2010 at 13:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. jeffD

    If this would have happened in China some heads would be on the chopping block literally !

    September 22, 2010 at 13:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. mike leeper

    The shame of the matter is that conservatives have enabled this type of behavior and have elevate it to an art form.

    September 22, 2010 at 13:13 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Terry Daniel

      Mike, I agree with you and I know what you mean but I really hate it that the party that you are obviously referring to is called "the conservative party". I am a conservative but I do not vote for the party of big business and billionaires. That party will never close down a large plant for unsafe or unsanitary conditions. It will let them pay a small fine or give a check to their reelection campaign and then allow the plant to continue doing what they have been doing. When will people understand that the so called "conservative party" is not conservative at all. They pretend to be conservative but in words only....never in deeds. When has this party ever done anything for ordinary working Americans? I think it should be called the party of the silver spoons, gluttons, selfish, stingy, or anything similar but certainly not the party of conservatives.

      September 22, 2010 at 13:26 | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Um, the Secretary of Agriculture is one of the President's cabinet members and thus is appointed by the President. If there are such glaring problems with oversight and safety requirements, why has the President and his staff not done something about them? They've had two years...

      (chirp... chirp... chirp...)

      September 22, 2010 at 15:20 | Report abuse |
  12. chaka

    well close the plant in question forever.....close the plant like you should have years ago.

    September 22, 2010 at 13:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. El Kababa

    Conservatives in Congress have been weakening federal oversight for 30 years. They call it "bureaucracy" and "government red tape." They cut back on inspectors. They cut back on budgets. They cut back on penalties. They cut back on product safety requirements. They cut back on workplace safety. They put executives ("who know the industry") in charge of regulating them.

    I hope that all the people who got salmonella were Republican voters. They deserve it.

    September 22, 2010 at 13:24 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Terry Daniel

      Right on!

      September 22, 2010 at 13:27 | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Um, the Secretary of Agriculture is one of the President's cabinet members and thus is appointed by the President. If there are such glaring problems with oversight and safety requirements, why has the President and his staff not done something about them? They've had two years...

      (chirp... chirp... chirp...)

      September 22, 2010 at 15:21 | Report abuse |
    • IndependantVoter

      The deregulation of industry and companies by Republicans or any political candidate has always puzzled me.If a candidate was truly for the people he/she would want to protect the people of their district.I am for any business that produces a product and creates jobs but you cannot honestly say with a straight face that an industry or business will police themselves.Business for profit (non-profit excluded but some of their administration fees are outrageous) are looking to increase sales and decrease expenses or losses.
      Food industry should be heavily regulated because it is our food which is something we need every day.Farmers just want the most dollar for their livestock and will use any method to create this including some which might seem unethical.The farmer apologized but then took the 5th amendment which he can.His farm has had many citations before also.With all the food that is imported the FDA is over matched with this assignment.There will be a new independent research group coming out that links certain pesticides with ADD in children.Weight watchers, healthy choice and Natures Delight are name only most of their products are far from healthy.Most products have their ingredients listed in descending order and nutritional value on the package if not don't buy it.

      September 24, 2010 at 04:10 | Report abuse |
  14. Jan

    New rules and policies have been put in place effective July, 2010, but this happened in May, at least someone is trying to do something about the GREED!!!!!

    September 22, 2010 at 16:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. HappyandHealthy

    No eggs,red meat, and pork for 20 plus years =Happy and Healthy Person.........
    No fast food like Mickey D's or Burger King or POISON for 20 years plus=Happy and Healthy Person
    Did you see the living conditions on that farm?....makes me want to give up lean skinless chicken breast cutlets but I need the amino acids/protein.....Stay Healthy and Happy.......

    September 23, 2010 at 18:05 | Report abuse | Reply

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