James E. Ballidis
Nearly a month after new safety regulations for egg farms went into effect, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspectors have found numerous violations at the two Iowa farms responsible for the poisoning of hundreds of people from salmonella-contaminated eggs over the summer. Non-chicken feathers, live mice, and flies were found at Wright County Farms. At Hillandale Farms—the source of eggs for one of California’s main distributors, Moark—inspectors found rodent holes, leaking manure, and salmonella-contaminated water. Prior to these recent findings, the FDA had linked contaminated chicken feed found at both farms to the nationwide outbreak.
“After nearly 1,500 people have become ill and over half a billion eggs have been recalled, the failure of the owners of these farms to address contamination problems is egregiously negligent,” remarked Orange County accident attorney, James Ballidis, in response to the news.
Before the egg recall, 95% of the eggs distributed throughout the country came from these two Iowa farms, which were also the source of over 40% of California’s eggs, explains Orange County accident attorney, James Ballidis. The fact that the eggs were distributed under several different brand names posed a major challenge to FDA investigators attempting to trace the source of the bacteria at the onset of the outbreak of poisoning from salmonella. The following brand names have been recalled: Albertsons, Farm Fresh, Glenview, Mountain Dairy, Ralphs, Boomsma, Lund, Pacific Coast, Kemp, Yucaipa Valley, and Farmer’s Gems. The following plant numbers, which can be found under the sell-by date on the egg carton, have also been recalled: P-1720, P-1942, P-1026, P-1413, and P-1946.
To avoid food-borne illnesses, FDA officials recommend to keep eggs refrigerated, fully cook them (no sunny-side up), and to discard the shells immediately after use. Additional safety tips can be found at www.foodsafety.gov/
With nearly 300 cases of salmonella poisoning reported in California, Orange County accident attorney, James Ballidis, has received several queries into the rights of the victims of food-borne illnesses. In response, he wrote an informative article on salmonella poisoning victims’ rights. To discuss a specific case, feel free to call him at 866-981-5596.
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