August 26th, 2010
03:51 PM ET

Investigators: Hen feed one likely source of salmonella

Feed given to hens - used at both Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms - is one likely source of contamination that led to a nationwide salmonella outbreak, federal officials said Thursday.

The feed and some feed ingredients are believed to have been contaminated and are the source of the salmonella, U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials said in a conference call.

It's possible the contamination happened at a feed mill that produces the feed or it could have present before feed materials arrived at the mill, officials said.

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  1. Amanda

    I wonder if this feed is made up of ground up chickens? The USDA banned feeding dead cows to cows to prevent Mad Cow Disease but they still allow chicken feed to be made up of the bones/waste of dead chickens and hog feed to be made up of the bones/waste of dead hogs. When will we learn?

    August 26, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. La Piovra

    In fact, hens are supposed to have grain, greens, and bugs; real dirt to roll and powder in; real sun to strengthen shells and bones. Luckily, I live where I can give them all that, and a rooster, too, but there are jurisdictions that even bar vegetable gardening. Such trends must be reversed, if we are to have a safe food supply. Every family with yard space should have at least a container garden. Allowing one laying hen per household will not disturb the peace. Attempts by agribusinesses to outlaw seed saving, farmers' markets, and fruit stands should be fought, and "terminator" strains of food crops should be prohibited. Otherwise, we may find ourselves facing a choice between nothing safe to eat, or nothing to eat at all.

    August 26, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. lz

    The Incredible Inedible Egg.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |