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Chicken Feed May Be Source of Salmonella in Egg Recall: FDA
Date:8/27/2010

By Amanda Gardner
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health investigators say they've found positive samples of salmonella bacteria in feed given to chickens at the two farm enterprises implicated in the ongoing egg recall.

The finding, at Iowa-based Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms, suggests that feed or feed ingredients might be the source of the salmonella outbreak, government experts said at a press conference Thursday.

"These are the first set of positive samples we believe are significant," said Sherri McGarry, emergency coordinator for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at a Thursday teleconference. "The DNA fingerprint [of the samples] matches the outbreak fingerprint."

"This finding of matching the DNA footprint in feed indicates that Wright County Farms and Hillandale Farms are likely sources of the contaminated eggs and that feed and feed ingredients perhaps were the sources but maybe not the only sources," McGarry added.

Thus far, problems have been confined to these two enterprises, officials said.

"We do not know at this point how, when or where the feed may have been contaminated. It's part of our ongoing investigation but the finding essentially raises a lot of additional questions to answer at this point," added Dr. Jeff Farrar, associate commissioner for food protection at the FDA's Office of Foods, U.S. Food and Drug Administration. "On poultry operations they do get at least some ingredients from outside the farm. That would be normal procedure, so we are going to follow that trail back where it leads."

Dr. Christopher R. Braden is acting director of the Division Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He told reporters that between May 1 and August 25, the
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