During the past three months, a number of cases have come to light in the country affected with salmonella enteritidis, after having eggs or products made of eggs. After scrutinizing the case, Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa was held responsible for supplying tainted eggs.
The Food and Drug Administration regulators urged the Company to recall the eggs voluntarily, which it adhered with the same. A Wisconsin woman has sued the Company and there are also other lawsuits filed against it.
Till date, around 380 million eggs have been recalled by Wright County Egg. In the past also, the Company has the traces for violating environmental, immigration and labor regulations.
As told by the Disease Control and Prevention, there is an increase of salmonella-affected people by four times this week. In June and July, around 200 cases were reported every week. In California, more than 260 such cases were found, while seven were discovered in Minnesota. But no deaths have been reported.
In 2001 also, the owner of Wright County Egg of Galt, Austin Jackson DeCoster violated state environmental laws and the case was administered by the Iowa Supreme Court. Then again in 2002, the Company was charged with a $1.5 million penalty for sexual abuse against female workers. The Company, in 2003, paid $2.1 million in penalties as federal immigration charges and it also landed into trouble for animal cruelty, recently.
The eggs are under detection for examining their source of contamination and the Company itself is also testing the same, as told by Howard Magwire, an attorney for the United Egg Producers.