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FDA’s New Safety Rules For Large-Scale Egg Producers Take Effect

July 9, 2010: 12:37 PM EST
The FDA hopes that its new rules enforcing safety standards for large-scale egg producers will make a dent in the large number of illnesses and deaths caused by eating eggs contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The new requirements, which impact about 80 percent of egg producers, went into effect on July 9. The producers are required, for example, to adopt contamination prevention measures and to use refrigeration during egg storage and transportation. Illness caused by Salmonella bacteria in eggs is a serious public health problem, FDA said, with 79,000 illnesses and 30 deaths reported last year. By employing the safety measures, producers would reduce Salmonella enteritidis infections from eggs by nearly 60 percent, the agency said.
FDA, "New Final Rule to Ensure Egg Safety, Reduce Salmonella Illnesses Goes Into Effect", News release, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, July 09, 2010, © FDA
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