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Hey, I get to go to Galt Iowa to see how we make eggs in America

I grew up on a small farm, and we had chickens, so I know where eggs generally come from.  I must admit, however, seeing how eggs are manufactured on a massive scale is something I have never seen.  It looks to be an interesting and eye-opening experience.  I am glad to have a Court Order.

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  • Art Davis

    If you are not familiar with feed mills and do not have an expert to accompany you on this visit I would suggest contacting Dr. Keith Behnke at The Department of Grain Science and Industry / Kansas State University. Dr. Behnke is an emeritus Professor with an unparalleled background in the operation of feed mills. Feed mills are complex operations, understanding what is actually occurring during feed processing and where problems can arise is not particularly obvious to the untrained.

  • Jess C. Rajan, Ph.D.

    The Processing Plant Number 1942 seems to be USDA/AMS number. The FDA usually has responsibility for the “farm” area. In the “plant” area USDA/FSIS has certain food safety inspection responsibilities – for assuring proper refrigeration and labeling of shell eggs.

    FSIS seems to have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with AMS for the cross-utilization of employees (FSIS Directive 5110.2):

    http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISDirectives/5110-3.pdf

    FSIS Directive 8840.1: “Enforcement of Refrigeration and Labeling Requirements for Shell Eggs Packed for Consumer Use.”

    http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISDirectives/8840-1.pdf

    If the “plant” is manufacturing pasteurized liquid and frozen egg products, FSIS is responsible for the food safety inspection – with specific requirements for testing the eggs/products for salmonella and for keeping records.

    FSIS Directive 10,230.4: “Salmonella Surveillance Program for Liquid and Frozen Egg Products.”

    http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISDirectives/10230-4.pdf

  • J S

    A LITTLE FOOD FOR THOUGHT
    500 MILLION EGGS PRODUCED IN 4 DAYS FROM TWO FARMS RECALLED…500 MILLION EGGS IN FOUR DAYS FROM JUST TWO FARMS
    MEGA PRODUCERS WILL CREATE MEGA PROBLEMS
    DO NOT PUT ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET !!!!!
    I WONDER WHERE THAT EXPRESSION CAME FROM…A GRANDMOTHER WHO LOST THAT DAYS EGGS FROM HER LITTLE HEN HOUSE AND NOW 2000 AND COUNTING WITH EXPLOSIVE DIARRHEA AND PROJECTILE VOMITING IF THEY ARE LUCKY AND NOT A SEPTIC INFECTION OF THE INTESTINES, KIDNEYS, SPLEEN,BONE MORROW.
    FLOODING IN IOWA PROBABLY BACKED UP THE MANURE HANDLING SYSTEM AND CHICKENS WERE FLOATING IN A SEA OF CONTAMINATION
    HOW DO YOU CLEAN UP 25 MILLION CHICKENS ?
    YOU DON`T….BUT YOU JUSTIFY THAT SAYING THE AFTER PROCESSORS WILL CLEAN THE EGGS
    BUT WHAT IF THE SALMONELLA IS IN THE CHICKEN AND LAID WITHIN THE EGG….NO ONE CAN CLEAN THAT UP
    I BET THE EXPRESSION…WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE FAN ALSO HAPPENED IN THE HEN HOUSE…
    THE SHIT HAS HIT THE FAN…THE FAN IS THE NATIONAL DISTRIBUTION OF FRESH EGGS IN DAYS AND CONTAMINATION SCATTERED LIKE THE SHIT HITTING A FAN…NO PATTERN BUT ONLY DETECTED WHEN YOU HAVE TO CLEAN IT UP
    SHIT HAPPENS …..especially when there are three layers in a one cubic cage not to mention millions in open mesh tiered floors where the chicken shit and the eggs roll.
    I CAN`T WAIT FOR MY EGGS McMUFFIN OR MY MICROWAVED SCRAMBLED EGGS.\
    THIS IS A DENNYS` GRAND SLAM !!!!
    ON SECOND THOUGHT…. I THINK I WILL JUST EAT MY PEANUT BUTTER TOAST….EVERYBODY KNOWS PEANUT BUTTER IS SAFE….NOBODY CAN SCREW UP PEANUT BUTTER !!!!!!!
    WRONG !
    CORN FLAKES…TRY THEM AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME !!!
    THE NEW WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION….EGGS,PEANUT BUTTER AND THAT AMERICAN STAPLE…A JUICY BURGER
    OK…JUST GIVE ME THE FRENCH FRIES….THEY MAY KILL ME WITH HEART DISEASE BUT IT MAY TAKE YEARS !!
    PASS THE SALT AND KETCHUP
    ON SECOND THOUGHT…HOLD THE KETCHUP… I REMEMBER A TOMATO OUTBREAK LAST YEAR AND THEY PROBABLY MADE KETCHUP OUT OF THEM
    PASS THE SALT…AND TOSS SOME OVER YOUR SHOULDER…THIS WILL WARN OTHERS !
    AND I THOUGHT MY MOMs` HOME CANNING WAS NOT SAFE
    AT LEAST THOSE BLEW UP BEFORE YOU COULD EAT THEM
    NOW THAT IS A QUALITY CONTROL PROGRAM !!!
    WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE PILLSBURY DOUGH BOY…WAS HE HANGING OUT WITH THAT LITTLE ALKASELTZER BOY
    THEY PROBABLY DIED OF FOOD POISONING !
    HE ALWAYS LOOKED A LITTLE BLOATED AND HIS PAL VERY PALE !
    WE HAVE THE USDA…THE FDA…THE EPA…..THE AUDACITY OF HOPE
    CONGRESS STILL HAVE NOT PASSED …HR 5190 THE FOOD SAFETY AND PROTECTION ACT…IT WAS ON THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE JUST BEFORE PAULSON WALKED IN TO ASK FOR 750 BILLION TO SAVE THE FINANCIAL BUSINESS AND THE COUNTRY
    I GUESS CONGRESS HAS DECIDED TO…. BUSINESS AS USUAL
    LET THE VOTERS EAT SHIT !
    GEE JUST A COUPLE OF HUNDRED YEARS AGO THE WERE EATING CAKE !
    ANOTHER GOVERNMENT PROGRAM ESTABLISHED FOR THE GENERAL WELFARE
    AN INEPT REACTION …INSTEAD OF A PREVENTION
    SEND IN THE CLOWNS…
    OH…I GUESS WE DID !
    I HEAR THE LOBBYISTS LAUGHING
    IF A TREE FALLS IN THE WOODS AND NOBODY IS THERE DOES IT MAKE A SOUND
    IF A FOOD PRODUCT IS NOT TESTED BEFORE IT IS SHIPPED IS IT SAFE
    THE FDA THINKS SO…THEY CANNOT ISSUE A RECALL UNTIL THAT FOOD PRODUCT IS PROVEN ADULTERATED….AND SINCE THEY WILL NOT TEST IT OR REQUIRE IT TO BE TESTED BY THE PRODUCER OR A THIRD PARTY THE PRODUCT IS CONSIDERED SAFE UNTIL CONSUMERS ARE SICK AND/OR DYING
    GEE …..SOUNDS LIKE THE SEC HAS MODELED THEMSELVES AFTER THE FDA
    AND THE USDA SHOWED THE RATING AGENCIES HOW TO AUDIT AND GRADE THEIR PRODUCTS !
    JUST A LITTLE FOOD FOR THOUGHT !
    I WONDER WHY I HAVE NOT HEARD THE JINGLE…NOBODY DOES`T LIKE SARA LEE……PROBABLY TO MANY COMPLAINT LETTERS AND LEGAL TOLD THEM TO STOP MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS
    THAT IS WHY MANY COMPANIES LEGAL DEPARTMENT IS MUCH LARGER THAN THEIR QUALITY DEPARTMENTS…..TO KEEP THEM OUT OF THE WOODS !!!
    TREES …LIKE CONSUMERS…ARE FALLING EVERY DAY…BUT NOBODY CAN HEAR THEM …..SO THEY DO NOT MAKE A SOUND
    OUT OF COURT SETTLEMENTS AND THE SILENCED MINORITY
    YOU CAN`T EVEN FOLLOW THE MONEY !
    WHAT IS NEXT A STATEMENT ON THE PACKAGE….THIS PRODUCT MAYBE HARMFUL TO YOUR HEALTH….WITH NO FAILURE TO WARN THEN YOU SHARE THE LIABILITY AND CLASS ACTION OR INDIVIDUAL CLAIMS WILL BE REDUCED
    I AM SURE THE FOOD LOBBY IS LARGER THAN THE TOBACCO LOBBY !
    PROBABLY AS LARGE AS THE FINANCIAL LOBBY
    JUST A MATTER OF PROPER DISCLOSURE !!!
    ALL WE NEED IS MORE TRANSPARENCY !!!!
    THE TRUTH !

  • slapnuts

    JS… calm down there, buddy. I think you had a wee bit too much caffeine this morning.