Salmonella found again on Iowa farm

Sep 10, 2012

It’s been two years since a salmonella outbreak was traced back to several Iowa farms—including Centrum Valley Farms. As Iowa Public Radio’s Sandhya Dirks reports, another strain of the deadly bacteria has re-appeared on that same farm.

In 2010 the salmonella scare spread across the country—500 million eggs were recalled and 2,000 people fell sick. Now one of the farms that may have been responsible has been cited by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for not following proper preventative procedures—and the FDA says that a strain of the bacteria called salmonella heidelberg has been found in two of the six poultry houses at Centrum Valley Farms.

The farm says this doesn’t mean their eggs are contaminated, and they have been diverting eggs from the market to comply with FDA regulations. Iowa is by far the largest egg producing state—with 50 million hens laying around 14 billion eggs a year.