The egg hearing today was disturbing on many levels.  The petty bickering between the Democrats and Republicans, although expected, was childlike.  The anti-chicken protesters were entertaining, but besides the point.  Probably the most disturbing were the faux apologies by the mass egg producers who tried to portray themselves as poor farmers that simply grew too fast to keep up with all the work – like not having dead chickens laying around, or mounds of chicken shit, or so much liquid chicken shit that it seeped outside.  As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.

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Screen shot 2010-09-22 at 3.44.22 PM.pngAnd, we still can not seem to pass comprehensive food safety legislation to give the FDA power and resources to inspect, and to increase penalties for violations like the above that has lead to 1,600 Salmonella Illnesses?

  • What’s the economics of this thing? I mean, these guys have been paying millions in fines, as I understand it, and yet they can’t seem to afford to hire workers at near the lousy minimum wage to clean this crap up?

  • The FDA knew about this, hence all the fines. The FDA may be underfunded but that organization has been dominated by corporate influence.

  • This is exactly why I want to raise my own chickens in my backyard.

  • Maria

    This is exactly why I never want to eat eggs again!

  • lucia

    This is why I am VEGAN!

  • What a horrible disgraceful shame! This plus dozens of other reasons is why I am VEGAN.

  • Thank goodness I’m vegan! I don’t have to worry about my food coming from places like this, or indirectly causing suffering to others by what I eat.