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For immediate release:
Mar. 20, 2012
Contact: Jason Kelly
WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, Washington
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Consumers warned not to eat eggs produced by Daizen Farms
The Washington State
Department of Agriculture (WSDA) recommends against
eating any eggs produced by
of Burlington, WA. The eggs were produced by hens that
ate feed contaminated with rodent droppings. Laboratory
testing confirms that the feed contained Salmonella.
The eggs were
also packaged under insanitary conditions on the farm. WSDA
inspectors observed rodent droppings inside an egg-washing
machine during use.
To date, public
health officials have linked no human illnesses to the eggs.
Consumers are reminded to thoroughly cook all eggs, regardless
of source, to reduce the risk of food borne illness.
Daizen Farm eggs
are sold in 15-dozen flats and one-dozen consumer cartons. None
of the egg packages contain any date. The WSDA warning applies
to all eggs produced by Daizen Farms currently in food
establishments or private homes.
egg consumer cartons are labeled with the Daizen branding. These
consumer cartons are most frequently sold to customers directly
from the farm.
containing the 15-dozen egg flats are not marked with any
branding or other identifying information, a violation of state
labeling requirements. The boxes are most frequently sold to
independent Asian grocery stores and restaurants in Skagit,
Snohomish, and King Counties.
While the farmer's
distribution records may be inaccurate or incomplete, WSDA has
obtained some specific distribution
information from Daizen Farms.
Consumers who are concerned that they may have purchased Daizen
eggs should ask the store where the eggs were purchased.
WSDA and the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cooperated on a joint
investigation of Daizen Farms after becoming aware of heavy
rodent activity during a routine FDA inspection. On March 8,
WSDA placed an embargo on all eggs currently at the farm to
prevent their sale to the public. WSDA also placed embargoes on
all future eggs produced by the same flock, as well as all
chicken feed at the farm.
On March 19, the
FDA laboratory in Bothell, WA confirmed that a sample of chicken
feed collected during the inspection tested positive for
Salmonella. The confirmation of Salmonella-contaminated chicken
feed increases the likelihood that the laying hens are infected
infected with Salmonella usually has a fever, abdominal
cramps, and diarrhea beginning 12 to 72 hours after consuming
contaminated foods. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and
most persons recover without antibiotic treatment. However, the
diarrhea can be severe, and the person may be ill enough to
require hospitalization. Anyone who thinks they may have become
sick due to eating these eggs should contact their health care
Consumers can always reduce their chances of getting sick from eggs by:
Keeping eggs refrigerated at ≤40°F (≤4°C) at all times. Buy
eggs only from stores or other suppliers that keep them refrigerated.
Discarding cracked or dirty eggs.
Washing hands and all food contact surface areas (counter tops,
utensils, dishes, and cutting boards) with soap and water after
contact with raw eggs.
Cooking eggs thoroughly until both the yolk and white are firm.
Recipes containing eggs mixed with other foods should be cooked
to an internal temperature of 160°F (71°C).
Additional egg safety information for consumers is available from the
Centers from Disease Control and Prevention.
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