May 21, 2018

Food Safety; Crop Insurance; Nutrition; Biofuels; Climate Change; Trade; and the Ag Economy

Food Safety

The AP reported yesterday that, “The heads of two Iowa egg farms linked to as many as 1,600 salmonella illnesses this summer gave Congress few answers in testimony about the conditions at their farms Wednesday, as one executive would not testify and the other did not answer many of the lawmakers’ questions.

“The owner of Wright County Egg, Austin ‘Jack’ DeCoster, said he was ‘horrified’ to learn than his products might have been the cause of the illnesses. The CEO of Hillandale Farms, Orland Bethel, cited his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and did not answer questions.

“Hillandale Farms and Wright County Egg recalled a half-billion eggs in August after tests of products turned up potentially positive for the bacterium Salmonella enteritidis, the strain responsible for the recent outbreak. Wright County Egg supplies feed and chickens to Hillandale.”