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Health Agencies Update
October 27, 2010

Egg Inspections Slated

JAMA. 2010;304(16):1777. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1489

After discovering filthy conditions at 2 egg producers tied to a massive recall of eggs potentially contaminated with Salmonella enteritidis, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced stepped-up inspections of egg production facilities.

Over the next 15 months, the agency will work with state and local authorities to inspect the 600 largest egg producers in the country. Each of these facilities houses 50 000 or more hens, and together they produce 80% of US eggs. The inspections will focus on whether the facilities are complying with new rules established under a law that went into effect July 9. The law mandates preventive activities such as refrigerating eggs within 36 hours of laying, controlling pests that can spread bacteria, and testing poultry to ensure they are Salmonella-free.