Seek and ye shall find; FDA finds problems at egg farms

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is finding problems at egg farms beyond the Iowa operations linked to last summer’s salmonella outbreak. The agency inspected 35 farms from September to December and released a report today on its findings.

Those 35 farms, located in Ohio, Maine, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah and Washington, were picked for inspection because they had been associated with pervious outbreaks or had a history of poor compliance. Nine separate companies operate the 35 farms. The names were not released.

Twelve of the farms needed to take action to fix problems. Eleven others did not. Evaluations of the remaining 12 farms are still pending, mostly in Washington state.

Most of the problems cited by the agency involve inadequate record keeping.

Farms are required to document compliance a variety of issues, including rodent monitoring and compliance with biosecurity measures.