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Egg farms are found to be filthy

August 31, 2010 |  5:23 pm

Maybe this egg recall isn't so surprising after all. Maybe the real surprise is why it took so long. Check out the latest developments, reported in today's Business section by P.J. Huffstetter and Andrew Zajac:

Federal officials investigating conditions at the two Iowa mega-farms whose products have been at the center of the biggest egg recall in U.S. history found filthy conditions, including chickens and rodents crawling up massive manure piles and flies and maggots "too numerous to count."

Water used to wash eggs at one of the producers tested positive for a strain of salmonella that appears to match the variety identified in eggs that have sickened at least 1,500 people, according to preliminary Food and Drug Administration reports of inspections at facilities operated by Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms of Iowa Inc. Read more here:

--Rene Lynch

Food safety experts said conditions found by federal investigators at two Iowa egg producers -- Wright County Egg, above, and Hillandale Farms -- are some of the worst they’ve seen in decades. (Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press / August 24, 2010)