Salmonella fears have prompted a warning against consuming Daizen Farms eggs following revelations about the conditions there.
The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) described conditions at Daizen Farms as insanitary and warned of a Salmonella infection in its laying eggs, among other issues.
In addition to the insanitary conditions at Daizen Farms of Burlington, the WSDA’s inspection revealed that the feed consumed by the laying hens contained Salmonella, that the eggs were packaged under insanitary conditions, and that rodent droppings were found inside an egg-washing machine during use, said NASDAQ. A routine U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspection also revealed heavy rodent activity.
The findings resulted in the WSDA and FDA collaborating on a joint investigation.
NASDAQ wrote that the warning applies to all Daizen Farms-produced eggs in food establishments and private homes, citing a WSDA statement. The WSDA also placed an embargo on March 8 on all eggs produced at the farm, all future eggs produced by the impacted flock, and all chicken feed at the farm, said NASDAQ.
A chicken feed sampling collected during an inspection tested positive for the Salmonella pathogen, with confirmation received March 19 by an FDA laboratory. This finding increases the chances that laying hens are also infected with Salmonella, according to the WSDA, said NASDAQ.
To date, no human illnesses have been linked to Daizen Farms; however, consumers are advised to cook all eggs—regardless of from where they were produced—to minimize the risk of food borne sickness, said NASDAQ. A listing of restaurants, stores, and distributors known to have received Daizen Farms eggs can be found on the WSDA web site.
The most common symptoms of Salmonella poisoning—salmonellosis—are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever, with symptoms manifesting, usually, within six to 72 hours. Additional symptoms include chills, headache, nausea, and vomiting that can last up to seven days. The illness usually lasts four to seven days; however, in some, the organism can invade the bloodstream, becoming so severe that hospitalization is required.
Sometimes, infection with the Salmonella pathogen can result in, and produce more severe or chronic illnesses.
Salmonella, can be dangerous, sometimes deadly, leaving sufferers with serious life-long health issues. Salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial food borne illnesses, can be especially life threatening to those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, and persons with HIV infection or who are undergoing chemotherapy.