Chicken feed may be source of salmonella in egg recall

Jenny Decker RN's picture

Investigators into the nationwide egg recall have found salmonella in chicken feed that matches the contaminated eggs. It is not clear whether the feed is the actual cause because salmonella has been matched to other items in the farms, including a sample from chicken manure, a manure sample that was found on a walkway, and a sample from an ingredient in the chicken feed. At this point, with the investigation still in process, it is uncertain whether chicken feed is the source of salmonella found in the egg recall.


The investigation included 600 samples from 24 locations on the farms implicated. Many are yet to be determined. Results from these samples will be made known as the investigation begins to close in on the source of the contamination. Dr. Christopher Braden, acting director of the Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, a part of the CDC, states that between May and August 25th, there have been over 2400 cases of salmonella reported and that there are expectations that more cases will be reported in the near future.

Egg recall began earlier in the month in response to reported salmonella cases

Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms began the egg recall earlier in the month in response to the salmonella cases. Today, two new brands of eggs were added to the recall. The brands are associated with the farms in Iowa. The Cardenas Market and the Trafficanda Egg Ranch have reported salmonella and thus a voluntary recall has ensued, adding to the half million eggs that have already been recalled.

The recalled eggs have been destroyed and other eggs that have been layed by the pullets are being pasteurized and processed for use in other products, such as cake mixes and pastas. Being the largest egg recall in history, it is also far from perfect. The first cases were reported in May and the recall did not begin until mid-August. One reason for this is the timing and accuracy. However, some of the delay has been blamed on the slow process of Congress and getting the ability for the FDA to make a recall. Hopefully this can be changed in the future for the benefit of the population.