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Letter the The Editor: Industrial — not yard — flocks are the meals security danger

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Expensive Editor,

Your article stating 100 folks in 28 states have been sickened by Salmonella from yard poultry flocks is inaccurate and deceptive.

The exposures you describe are from industrial hatchery operations that don’t have anything to do with non-public “yard” flocks stored for meat or eggs. You additionally point out a recall of contaminated eggs. This once more must be from a industrial egg producer or there couldn’t be any recall from shops. I’m and have been for over 30 years, the proprietor of “yard” poultry. I elevate my very own chicks, and my eggs are suitable for eating with runny yolks, sunny facet up, tender boiled, and so on.

Massive industrial poultry operations which have all the time used antibiotics inappropriately are the supply of salmonella contamination so widespread that the eggs are actually laid with the micro organism inside from contaminated hens. These and different industrial livestock operations that fed low ranges of antibiotics as a result of it elevated progress charges are additionally the supply of the antibiotic resistant micro organism like MRSA that plague us in the present day. That is the rationale the federal government now requires a warning on egg packages that eggs needs to be “completely” cooked earlier than consuming.

Until you could have different info that you just didn’t embody on this article, it’s false and deceptive.

Please take notice that “cage-free” eggs are additionally not yard poultry, simply laying hens stored in the identical overcrowded and soiled accomodations as broiler chickens. The freshest and most secure eggs you should purchase are from true yard poultry. My eggs have been used recurrently by a 5 star restaurant in dishes the place the separated yolk is just damaged over pasta or meat dishes and heated very evenly, mainly uncooked. They use my eggs for this particularly for causes of meals security. They get their meat from one other native one that raises pastured poultry for a similar purpose. Please don’t add to the federal government’s fixed makes an attempt to make it unlawful for residents to boost their very own meals free from chemical compounds and ailments rampant in industrial agriculture.

— J. Sanders

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