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Salmonella in Eggs – Who, What, When, Where and WHY?

September 13, 2010
Jim Dickson, Department of Animal Science, ISU
Half a billion eggs recalled because of salmonella? How could this happen? We have one of the safest food systems in the world, right? Salmonella are a diverse group of bacteria which live in most environments which impact humans, including food production environments. This particular strain of Salmonella, S. enteriditis (SE), has been problematic in the poultry and egg industry for decades, so finding SE in eggs is not unusual. What is unusual is the number of cases, and the size and scope of the recall. This presentation will address what SE is, how it gets into eggs, how it can be controlled, and ultimately what happened in Iowa.