Iowa’s 60 Million Laying Hens Aren’t Being Monitored By Food-Safety Inspectors

In 2010, 550 million eggs were recalled after thousands of people were sickened with salmonella in an outbreak tied to farms in Iowa, the leading state for laying-hen production. Despite Iowa producing 15 billion eggs annually, amounting to $2 billion in sales, both state and federal food-safety inspections were halted there last year, the Des Moines Register reported on Sunday. The concern was that letting inspectors into laying-hen facilities could help to spread the virulent strain of bird flu that has been killing off birds in the tens of millions.


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