Egg Firm Had Previous Positive Salmonella Results

US - A congressional panel says that the egg firm at the centre of the latest Salmonella contamination story has a history of Salmonella findings.
calendar icon 15 September 2010
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According to CIDRAP, the US House Energy and Commerce Committee said yesterday (14 September) that it has obtained records showing that Wright County Egg in Galt, Iowa, found Salmonella in 426 environmental samples in the past two years, before the farm was linked to a nationwide surge in Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) infections.

The committee released a letter addressed to Austin DeCoster, owner of the company, saying that the 426 positive samples included 73 "that were potentially positive for Salmonella Enteritidis, the same strain that has sickened 1,519 people". The committee did not say how or where it obtained the test results.

The letter says the panel had asked the company on 23 August to provide information on any Salmonella findings but that a response on 11 September did not include information on the 73 potential SE findings. The letter asks Mr DeCoster to come prepared to discuss the reasons for the findings and the company's response to them when the committee holds a hearing on the outbreak on 21 September.

An Associated Press story published yesterday said a company official did not immediately response to a request for comment on the letter, according to CIDRAP.

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