Cracks Exist In New Egg Safety Plan Inspection System

The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting finds holes in the system that was to answer concerns over salmonella-related recall from egg plants operated by DeCoster Egg Farms of Iowa. All egg production facilities still are not inspected as required by the plan, the center’s investigation finds.

2010 Recall Background: DeCoster Egg Farms At The Helm Of Troublesome Egg Facilities

In August 2010, Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa, announced a nationwide voluntary recall of shell eggs.  Later that month another Iowa farm owned by Wright County Egg conducted a nationwide recall as well. Iowa is home to more than 52 million laying hens and is the number one egg producing state. Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms were owned by DeCoster Egg Farms, which operated facilities in multiple states at the time. At the time of the recall DeCoster was the third largest egg producer in the United States.