After reading the articles in The News Tribune about the egg recall due to salmonella poisoning, it must be pointed out that the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food & Drug Administration are failing the safety of the American people and the welfare of the laying hens.
The two Iowa farms that are liable for this disaster have violated laws and been fined over the years but it hasn’t stopped them from producing unhealthy food products. They are guilty of animal cruelty, also.
The birds at their facilities suffer from birth through the slaughtering process. The minute they are born they are torn from their moms, painfully debeaked, vaccinated and tossed into cages so small they can not turn around or stretch their wings. The male chicks are thrown in the trash to die.
Millions of hens are in these filthy cages, breathing in ammonia fumes from their own waste their whole lives. The workers wear masks. Birds are injured and diseased with salmonella so they are given antibiotics which are handed down the food chain to humans along with the salmonella. The hens are deprived of food and water during “forced molting” to promote the egg-laying cycle.
This mode of food production is a national disgrace to sensitive, feeling, social animals. If people are not concerned about animal cruelty, they should be worried about their own health and possible deaths.
Please buy cage-free organic eggs or stop eating eggs. The hens will thank you.