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Marler Clark Seeks Entrance to Wright County Egg

In the morning we will petition the Iowa Federal Court for entrance to the Iowa egg farm responsible for the massive egg recall and nationwide outbreak of Salmonella.

A ‘Rule 34’ inspection – named for its position in the civil code – is a request for entry into a facility for purposes of inspection and testing. On behalf of one of its clients, we have requested entry to the Wright County Egg facility to inspect, document, and conduct microbiological testing.

“According to the FDA inspection, the condition and operation of this egg facility is at the source of the contamination that led to thousands of illnesses nationwide,” said attorney Bill Marler. “As with the PCA peanut butter outbreak, the facility itself was an important part of the evidence, and it was critical to see it ourselves.”

The FDA inspection took place after Salmonella illnesses traced to eggs caused Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms to recall 550 million eggs. The facility had not been inspected by FDA in the past, and numerous violations were found, ranging from poor procedure to shocking lapses in sanitary conditions. Environmental tests at the Wright County Egg factory and in Wright County Egg feed tested positive for the genetic match to 1,469 Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) illnesses nationwide.

Wright County Egg of Galt, IA recalled 330 million eggs contaminated with Salmonella in August 2010. Hillandale Farms, another Iowa producer with close ties to Wright County Egg, recalled an additional 170 million eggs, together creating one of the largest food recalls in American history. To date, illnesses have been confirmed in California, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin.

  • Kathy Shen

    I can not believe that if the media was to permeate the pictures of the conditions of the chickens that there would be more people who would sit up and take notice, but I gues that would mean that the media is not in someone’s pocket and would actually take this on.
    Americans think their eggs come from happy chicks snug as a bug in a rug in their little roost. While Americans (and I generalize) are not the best at educating themselves on issues like this, many could get behind bringing people to task who bring food to the market that really is unsuitable for human consumption and deplorable in the way they treat the chickens. Why do Americans feel that people who own chicken factories would care about humans ingesting e-coli when they treat the animals so poorly. Rarely does a person who abuses animals stop there! Are we that ignorant and blind to the gross profit machine?
    Face Book is not afraid to piss off the nation and would be a perfect avenue to provide education and I would personally help take that process on.
    Show your protest pay $4.00 for a dozen eggs from your local farmers market!