The egg recall brands list seems to grow by the day. The egg recall brands start with Wright County eggs, yet the FDA egg recall brands list grew to include Hillandale Farms recently. Two farms in Iowa have been the culprit in this crisis, as they have recalled over half a billion tainted eggs already. Thanks to these companies, almost 2,000 cases of salmonella have been reported, with more likely to come. But another troubling common link on the egg recall brands list may be the one man tied to both farms.
Wright County announced the first recall earlier this week, as they have called back over 380 million eggs. The company is owned by Austin “Jack” DeCoster, who owns several other farms. Unfortunately for him, one of them is tied to Hillandale Farms, the other farm under question in this scandal.
After Hillandale Farms joined the egg recall brands list, it was revealed that DeCoster’s Quality Egg company supplies chickens and feed to both Wright County and Hillandale. That kind of link is impossible to ignore, and puts DeCoster more squarely in the crosshairs.
Several of his companies are now involved in the biggest egg recall brands list in years. But those in the know may not be too surprised, since DeCoster has been in trouble many times before. However, this new crisis has made his history of health and safety violations more publicized.
Just two months ago, one of DeCoster Egg Farms successor companies settled a lawsuit over animal cruelty allegations. DeCoster was already declared a “habitual violator” of environmental regulations in 2000, and had to pay $2 million for health and safety violations at a Maine farm in 1997. There have also been allegations of harassment and rape against Mexican workers, and several farms have been subject to immigration raids.
The egg recall brands list is the latest taint against DeCoster, but this may be the one that takes the cake. Now all of those instances about health, safety and environmental violations look even more glaring, in the light of this massive salmonella outbreak.
Of course, there is still no official cause as to why this has happened yet. Although the egg recall brands list reveals which products are at risk, it doesn’t answer why they became tainted. Given DeCoster’s record, people can make easy assumptions now. However, assumptions will not solve this problem, or prevent it from happening again.
DeCoster’s farms are already facing two lawsuits, and intense pr damage caused by nearly 2,000 recent salmonella cases. At this point, both DeCoster and the FDA are hoping that the egg recall brands list, and the salmonella outbreak, actually starts to slow down soon.
Associated Press- “A supplier in egg recall has history of violations”
Babble- “Salmonella Outbreak: Egg Recall List by Brands”