Brooklyn may not be the egg production capital of the world, but local downtown Brooklyn State Sen. Daniel Squadron is leading the charge for downtown Brooklyn and the rest of the nation for egg safety. According to the Brooklyn Eagle, Squadron and Manhattan Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh are joining forces with food safety advocates to rein in salmonella in hens.
The recent egg recall in August was nationwide and required more than half a billion eggs to be taken back. This massive recall, health scare and public safety hazard was due to contaminated eggs that sickened thousands of Americans with salmonella. Squadron is leading this charge on behalf of his constituents and because he himself was a victim of salmonella.
“Requiring salmonella vaccination should be a no-brainer,” says Squadron, “and if the FDA is unwilling to take the lead, we should start here in New York.”
Salmonella vaccination is a common practice among British farmers, and the results have been quite striking. The number of salmonella cases has been reduced “by 96 percent in England and Wales over the past decade.”
Numbers like these are quite impressive and according to Kavanagh, food borne illnesses are an epidemic that is reaching critical mass: “Our food safety system is failing us, threatening everyone’s health and wellbeing and sometimes costing people’s lives.” Though the estimated 140,000 cases of salmonella each year is a sobering statistic, says Kavanagh, “There is a silver bullet that has been proven … to virtually eliminate the threat.”
Change is slow in America, and the famers will no doubt put up a fight, but these local downtown Brooklyn and Manhattan voices are stepping up for local residents in downtown Brooklyn and beyond.