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    Eggs from infected hens to be pasteurized, resold

    Eggs from infected hens to be pasteurized, resold
    Chickens at core of salmonella recall still laying
    By DAVID MERCER • Associated Press • August 26, 2010

    Millions of eggs from the Iowa farms at the heart of a massive salmonella recall are not destined for the garbage but for a table near you.

    The recalled eggs that were already shipped to grocery stores and restaurants are being dumped by the truckload. But the eggs still being laid by potentially infected chickens will be pasteurized to kill any bacteria. Then they can be sold as liquid eggs or put in other products such as mayonnaise or ice cream.

    It's a common if little-known practice in the food industry -- salvaging and selling products that may have been tainted with disease.
    After pasteurization, the bacteria "are all going to be dead, and if they're dead, they're not going to hurt anybody," said University of Illinois food science professor Bruce Chassy.

    Officials from the two farms that have recalled more than a half-billion eggs said Wednesday there's no reason not to use the eggs while federal officials investigate the outbreak.

    Wright Egg Farms and Hillandale Farms issued the recall after learning that salmonella may have sickened as many as 1,300 people.
    Spokeswomen for the farms said their hens are still laying millions of eggs every day. Those eggs are being sent to facilities where their shells are broken and the contents pasteurized.

    Hillandale Farms spokeswoman Julie DeYoung said the operation has 2 million birds that lay an egg about every 26 hours.
    "It's close to 2 million eggs a day," she said.
    Chassy said there's no reason the eggs -- even from infected hens -- cannot be safely sold if they are pasteurized or cooked. Doing so raises the temperature of the eggs high enough to eliminate most if not all salmonella.

    Both companies said they are waiting to hear from the Food and Drug Administration before deciding what, if anything, to do with their hens.
    The FDA cannot order the farms to kill hens that may be infected with salmonella, but the farms could decide to do that on their own. Neither would discuss that possibility.
    "There's no reason at this time," Wright County Egg spokeswoman Hinda Mitchell said. "We're still in the middle of testing and investigation."
    Said Hillandale's DeYoung: "We certainly intend to comply with whatever suggestions they make. And until such time that investigation is complete, it would be premature to speculate on what those steps might be." ... SS/8260347
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    I spent a long and boring 8 hours in a food safety class to be certified for work , I've been through several of these classes.

    Understand what Salmonella is

    It is a food born illness bacteria

    33% of ALL EGGS are contaminated , Cooking to 145 degrees will kill
    the bacteria

    Pasteurizing is a method to render them completely safe

    Don't let a lot of this stuff scare you , 99% of all food born illness can be eliminated by using good sanitary practice and cooking to the proper temp to kill the bacteria that is present in everything.

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