AP reports a moment ago that “[h}undreds of people have been sickened in a salmonella outbreak linked to eggs in three states and possibly more, and health officials on Wednesday dramatically expanded a recall to 380 million eggs.” Goodness!
Earlier today I was reading Philip Brasher’s Blog (yes, in part because he mentioned me and our lawsuit against Wright County Egg) and was somewhat shocked that Wright County Egg is “[a] livestock industry giant with a long history of immigration and environmental problems is now connected to a nationwide recall of eggs that the government blames for an outbreak of salmonella poisoning.” Ouch! Mr. Brasher went further:
The elder DeCoster, a Maine native who set up business in Wright County in the 1980s, pleaded guilty to federal immigration charges in 2003 and paid a record $2.1 million in penalties. In 2001, the state Supreme Court ruled that DeCoster, a repeat violator of state environmental laws, could finance, but not build, hog confinement operations for his son. Earlier this year, the elder DeCoster paid a fine to settle animal state cruelty charges against his egg operations in Maine.
Then can this from a Dutch Farms Family Press Release:
Wright County Eggs of Galt, Iowa used unauthorized egg cartons to package and sell eggs under the Dutch Farms name without Dutch Farms knowledge. These eggs, along with eggs packaged under more than ten other brand names are now subject to a product recall (announced 8/15/10). The unauthorized Dutch Farms eggs were distributed to Walgreens only in the following states: Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, South Dakota and Arkansas. Legal representation has been sought in this matter to protect Dutch Farms’ customers and the Dutch Farms family.
Wright County Egg and the DeCosters seem to be having a very bad day – in addition to our lawsuit.