State puts hold on 4.3 million eggs

OHIO - The state Department of Agriculture has embargoed about 4.3 million eggs at an Ohio Fresh Eggs operation in Licking County.

A food-safety investigation last week found the state's largest egg farm had been storing the eggs at room temperature. State law requires eggs to be stored under refrigeration in a controlled environment below 45 degrees.

A temporary restraining order issued by the Licking County Common Pleas Court on Friday is meant to keep the company from further violating the state's food safety and egg production laws. The agriculture department will seek a preliminary injunction against the company on Tuesday.

In September, Agriculture Director Fred Dailey proposed to revoke the company's operating permits for providing false information on its permit application. A hearing on that matter has been set for June 6.

Source: Dayton Daily News
calendar icon 27 February 2006
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