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As a consumer, what do you think is the best response to the salmonella outbreak believed
to be caused by contaminated eggs?

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The city should loosen up their code regarding keeping hens within the city limits. I would keep a few egg laying chickens. My grandfather did here in DC during the 20's and 30's.

Posted by: johng1 | August 30, 2010 11:14 PM

We need to break up the FDA into two agencies. The FDA was founded after a 1937 incident in which a poisonous medicine killed 107 people, most of them children. This is the same year congress outlawed marijuana - 73 years ago.

The FDA does not insure drug safety nor food safety. Farm state members of congress do not want food safety inspections. They make sure that there are sweetheart deals between Big Agriculture and the FDA and the Dept. of Agriculture.

Farm state members of congress make sure the FDA does not have an adequate budget for food safety. The system is totally corrupt.

Posted by: alance | August 30, 2010 11:14 PM

Cook your eggs; no 3 minute or sunny side up and for heaven's sake no "raw" egg from the egg "factories"....or raise chickens; I do and I live in the city.

Posted by: mil1 | August 31, 2010 12:42 AM

It's inhumane to keep chickens in the conditions of those factory farms. Backyard chickens can enhance your life! Get rid of those
awful farms and free the chickens!

Posted by: nfahringer | August 31, 2010 1:18 AM

Further evidence the FDA is out of control is their push to have everyone vaccinated for flu.

Finland's National Institute for Health and Wefare recommended Tuesday halting the use of the Pandemrix swine flu vaccine until a probe into a possible link to narcolepsy among children is concluded.

"At the moment we are not having a (swine flu) epidemic, so there is no immediate need for vaccination," the agency said in a statement.

"Besides, major parts of the population are protected against the swine flu virus either through vaccination or or after having swine flu," it added.

The National Institute for Health and Wefare (THL) has received six reports of children known to have received the vaccine who have developed the chronic sleep disorder since the beginning of the year, it said, stressing however that "this is in line with the normal annual rate of narcolepsy cases."

In addition, the agency said it was probing whether nine other cases of narcolepsy that had emerged since the beginning of 2010 could be linked to Pandemrix, which is produced by British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline.

Last week, neighbouring Sweden's Medical Products Agency also opened an inquiry into the Pandemrix vaccine in response to reports of young people having developed symptoms consistent with narcolepsy after getting their shot.

Posted by: alance | August 31, 2010 4:58 AM

Confinement egg laying operations are often filthy and have over the years received little notice by the government or the public.
Until there is a problem!
We need more oversight,good oversight, not just inspectors that walk through and ignore the problems.
Confinement operations are filled with stressed out birds often in deplorable condition.
A case of out of sight out of mind.
The FDA needs to be revamped to say the least!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: mcilvain1 | August 31, 2010 6:21 AM

Get rid of Factory Farming, go Organic, and stop the unsanitary process of cramming thousands of animals into tiny spaces. These huge companies care nothing for the welfare of the animal-- all they care about is the bottom line--Greed is killing us.

Posted by: foggyflo | August 31, 2010 6:35 AM

You missed the obvious with this poll:
Buy only cage free eggs from free range hens. You don't have to buy these at a farmer's market. You can get them at your grocery store.

Do not expect eggs from hens crowded together, who never spread their wings or see the sky, to produce something that is good for you to eat.

Posted by: martymar123 | August 31, 2010 7:39 AM

Require vaccination of all chickens against salmonella. It worked in the UK, no reason why it should not work here.

Posted by: musickna | August 31, 2010 8:06 AM

Stop buying and eating eggs. Salmonella is dangerous. Until something is done to improve the situation people who eat eggs are at risk.

Posted by: dharper24 | August 31, 2010 8:17 AM

The meat is not safe, fish is contaminated with oil or toxins, chickens are contaminated along with the eggs, fruits are irradiated, vegetables contain pesticides, bagged salads are risky, processed foods are loaded with sodium, imported foods are unregulated, farmers sell hot house veggies as "home grown", tap water is not fit to drink, and from what I have read, every human being eats about a pound of insects every year in their food!

When we eat, we are playing Russian Roulette! No wonder I am never hungry for anything but toast and coffee these days! I just paid $4.00 for a dozen of organic eggs, and wondered, as I had them for breakfast, what I was REALLY eating!

Posted by: cashmere1 | August 31, 2010 8:18 AM

The eggs aren't contaminated on the inside. Wash them thoroughly and cook them thoroughly too. No problem.

Posted by: PanhandleWilly | August 31, 2010 9:15 AM

New food safety regulations make it difficult to conduct business if you are not big business (consider the recent near-arrest of a child running an illegal lemonaide stand). Yet outbreaks of salmonella, E Coli and other nasty pathogens in eggs, spinach, beef, peanuts, etc. have famously occurred at gigantic operations that are given the go-ahead under these new laws. What's wrong with that picture?
Buy local. Farmer's markets are just a small collection of the local farmers in your area, and eggs are one of the most difficult products to sell in a street-side stand. Rural people see "eggs for sale" signs at nearby farms (oops, I've just alerted the food police to a new source of fine money...) or they know their neighbors. If you're in an urban location, find your nearest whole-foods co-op and make sure the eggs are purchased clean and local. At a grocery co-op, you actually have a say.

Posted by: rubyredshoes | August 31, 2010 9:22 AM

Gee - first we shove chickens on top of one another so they can barely breathe, then they poop all over the place, then we have contaminated eggs. This should not be a surprise to anyone. As usual, govt. inspections are lacking.

I spend about $3.50 for cage free eggs. Sure, I'd rather spend less and eggs are certainly available for less, but I like knowing that at least some hens are cage free.

Posted by: kthoover | August 31, 2010 9:28 AM

The government is incompetent at regulating what little it is supposed to be regulating within the food industry, so there's no use adding eggs to their list.

Consumers should demand eggs from cage-free hens, and be ready to pay more for them. It's our insistence on cheap groceries that causes many of the problems in the food chain.

Posted by: kbockl | August 31, 2010 11:22 AM

The best response to this salmonella outbreak is a long prison sentence to the owner. Until we start cracking down and providing a deterrent other than fines this stuff will continue. The Chinese execute people who do this in their society. I'd like to see this guy go to jail for say 20-30 years and I bet that would do more to clean up our food chain than anything govt regulators can do. When business owners see they will be personally held accountable then we will get a response that works. Until then it's only talk.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | August 31, 2010 12:32 PM

Hold off on eating eggs for the short term, push for more government regulation in the long. I haven't eaten eggs for a few weeks now, and I don't know when I'll start again, but I know we need to make sure this can't happen again.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | August 31, 2010 12:36 PM

I just plan to avoid buying eggs for the next year or so-- or longer if this is still in the news next year.

Posted by: forgetthis | August 31, 2010 3:04 PM

I imagine we don't need more regulation; just enforcement. I was unaffected because I get my eggs locally -- but I still cook them through.

Posted by: elizh1 | August 31, 2010 5:07 PM

And I'm not sure I can trust some big chains when they claim free range/organic/whatever. If it makes a buck, they will claim it.

Posted by: pjohn2 | August 31, 2010 7:32 PM

We need to overhaul this industry and prepare to pay more for eggs and chicken. I've seen and smelled chicken "ranches;" it's actually amazing that we haven't had more trouble with contamination - and no animal should "live" like that.

Posted by: jujones1 | September 3, 2010 11:30 AM

Its a cruel industry as is all factory farming. Our species hubris obscures any rational analysis of the cruelty animals endure to ensure that food is "cheap" rather than humane and clean. We should pay a little more and treat animals with respect. Frankly , we would all be healthier if we ate less animal protein anyway. That would be a win win outcome.

Posted by: littlejohny | September 3, 2010 12:21 PM

Buy eggs from farms that raise chickens humanely. Every supermarket has such eggs.

Posted by: byoung3 | September 3, 2010 12:51 PM

Verrrrrry interrrrrrresting!

People generally think the Government is getting too big and there is too much taxation, but they rather have Government do something rather than wash their hands after wiping their back mouths!

Here's the secret - It'll take more tax dollars for more enforcement.

Posted by: kishorgala | September 3, 2010 12:53 PM

It is a conspiracy by Beef Industry....

So say the Chickin'

Eat Pork.

Posted by: kishorgala | September 3, 2010 12:57 PM

The ones who are supposed to be empowered to protect the consumers cant do anything, ie. FDA. The Government needs to reverse what the Reagan administration did and empower the FDA again so facilities that continually fail inspection can be shut down.

Posted by: Iceberg4436 | September 3, 2010 1:16 PM

Raise your own chickens for eggs. No rooster needed. I keep 6 hens on a quarter acre inside the beltway. They are far quieter and less smelly than my neighbors' dogs. A lot prettier too!

Posted by: N8url | September 3, 2010 2:03 PM

Some seem to suggest that we need more regulation; others that the gov is incompetent in enforcement. I think we have to decide to spend the money to get inspectors out in the field - the regulations seem adequate, but they need the teeth of actual inspections and fines when warranted. In the mean time, I'll try to convince my town and HOA to allow folks to have a few chickens.

Posted by: pgcorky | September 3, 2010 3:22 PM

The FDA already has a good program in place. Let it work. It took the PA industry about 5 years to get their contamination levels under control. Some Iowa producers apparently will need that much time to reduce their risk as well.

Posted by: egingerich | September 3, 2010 4:09 PM

I buy my eggs from a supplier that is cruelty-free. That means I get food that is healthier, safer and is fair to the hens. It's also better for the environment since dirty-cheap egg farmers cut corners in other ways, such as how they deal with waste. You get what you pay for.

Posted by: jlkreutzer | September 3, 2010 7:15 PM

Even if one doesn't consider the cruelty of preventing the chickens from moving around, battery-caged chickens have a greater likelihood of being diseased. On the other hand, free range eggs have been shown to be higher in Omega-3 fatty acids. Better for the chickens, better for us.

Posted by: Tara12 | September 4, 2010 1:05 AM

Vegan - really. The salmonella was traced back to the GRAIN that was fed to the chickens. Past salmonella outbreaks have been traced to spinach, tomatoes and peppers - GO MEAT!!!
This is nothing more than an exaggerated media blitz by the AR fanatics whose goal is to end ALL animal use.
Animal Welfare or Animal Rights?

Here are some of the differences:
As animal welfare advocates. . .
· We seek to improve the treatment and well-being of animals.
· We support the humane treatment of animals that ensures comfort and freedom from unnecessary pain and suffering.
· We believe we have the right to "own" animals -- they are our property.
· We believe animal owners should provide loving care for the lifetime of their animals.
As animal rights activists. . .
· They seek to end the use and ownership of animals, including the keeping of pets.
· They believe that any use of an animal is exploitation so, not only must we stop using animals for food and clothing, but pet ownership must be outlawed as well.
· They want to obtain legal rights for animals as they believe that animals and humans are equal.
· They use false and unsubstantiated allegations of animal abuse to raise funds, attract media attention and bring supporters into the movement.
· (The Inhumane Crusade, Daniel T. Oliver – Capital Research Center)

Posted by: etbmfa | September 4, 2010 4:06 PM

Free range may work for a family that has a few chickens, or very small farms, but can you imagine having thousands and thousands of chickens in a free range operation, laying their eggs on the ground and in feces? That is just nuts! Wait till you see what diseases we get then. And soil usually has some contaminants from pesticides that have been used for decades and it is a fact that eggs on the ground get contaminated. And to top it all off, eggs will be sky-high because all those eggs need to be gathered somehow. Modern facilities have the ability to be clean, almost all of them are; and eggs are much safer than when laying on the ground. I think city-people need to spend a week on a farm. Maybe they would learn something and stop demanding things that are NOT better. Go vegan? Why do vegans try to force everyone to do what they think instead of letting us all have the freedom to do what WE think is right for us? Control freaks. It has nothing to do with being humane to animals.

Posted by: MaryDobes | September 4, 2010 9:10 PM

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