Rodent Poop May Be the Cause of Salmonella in Eggs

Filed in Gather News Channel by on August 19, 2010 0 Comments

If people in the U.S. are becoming ill from the Salmonella outbreak, more individuals may become sick when they find out what really may have caused the outbreak.

The FDA is investigating whether rodents entered the chicken feed troughs. If the dirty creatures did, they would have defecated in the chicken feed, according to ABCNews.com in an interview with Sherri McGarry of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. So how long have rodents been running through the nation’s chicken troughs? Mass production of food in today’s society is frightening. How quick the masses can get poisoned. And the nation is concerned with terrorism? Look no further than in the backyard of the United States.

McGarry said that “one area we are closely looking at and examining” is whether rodents had gotten into the chicken houses. Rodents, she said, “tend to run in the feed troughs…. if they’re not well maintained. They defecate in the feed.”

ABCNews.go.com is reporting the numbers of people getting Salmonella may rise because individuals still have and eat the eggs.

Anyone with eggs should check to see if they have eggs that could be contaminated. Look for the following brand names and throw them out. If the eggs were just purchased, take them back to the store for a refund.

The eggs that may be carrying Salmonella were sold under the following brand names:  Lucerne, Mountain Dairy, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Albertson, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, James Farms, Glenview, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Lund, Dutch Farms, Kemps and Pacific Coast.

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