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Tuesday
Nov302010

Iowa Egg Farm Linked to Salmonella Outbreak Cleared by FDA

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(GALT, Iowa) -- The FDA has cleared the way for an Iowa farm to resume egg shipments after more than 1,800 cases of Salmonella were linked to their eggs.

In a press release Tuesday, the FDA said Wright County Egg will be allowed to sell eggs from two hen houses that have been cleaned and no longer pose a health risk.

Egg shipments have not left the farm since being linked to a multi-state Salmonella outbreak in August.

“During the outbreak, I said that FDA would not agree to the sale of eggs to consumers from Wright County Egg until we had confidence that they could be shipped and consumed safely,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg. “After four months of intensive work by the company and oversight, testing, and inspections by FDA, I am satisfied that time has come.”
 
Wright County Egg released a statement Thursday in response to the announcement by the FDA.

“Extraordinary measures have been put in place to put our egg farms at the forefront of food safety and to protect the health of our birds, and our team has worked tirelessly over the past several months to ensure that the past situation is never repeated,” said Peter DeCoster, Wright County Egg’s chief operating officer.

DeCoster said the farm will continue to work with Salmonella experts to implement standards above and beyond those required by the FDA.

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