Inspectors Found Filth at Iowa Egg Farms

LENEXA, Kan., Aug. 30 (UPI) — Federal inspectors found widespread evidence of rodents and other filth at nine Iowa farms where a half billion recalled eggs were produced, records show.

The inspection reports released on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Web site Monday revealed the inspections of the Quality Egg LLC, Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms turned up chicken manure piled 4 feet high below egg-laying operations, live and dead flies and maggots “too numerous to count,” and numerous signs of live and dead rodents.

The inspectors found evidence of uncaged chickens climbing over manure piles to get to egg-producing areas and workers who didn’t follow sanitation regulations, the records show.

The inspections covered the period from Aug. 12-30.

The farms are being blamed for a national salmonella outbreak and huge recall of potentially tainted eggs that were sold under at least 25 brand names, federal officials have said.

No deaths have been reported but about 1,500 people have gotten sick since the outbreak began in May, FDA officials say.

Salmonella enteritidis infections can cause nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea and fever. In people with depressed immune systems, salmonella can cause fatal bloodstream infections.

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