August 23rd, 2010
03:32 PM ET

Congress begins investigating salmonella outbreak, egg recalls

CNN Wire Staff

The House Energy and Commerce Committee requested documents and information Monday from Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms of Iowa related to the recent salmonella outbreak and egg recalls, according to a news release from the office of the committee's chairman, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-California.

Waxman and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak, D-Michigan, sent letters to the two Iowa-based egg producers asking for details on the contamination of their egg products, including when government officials and customers of the affected egg products were first notified of the contamination.

The committee also asked for the inspection records for the companies' facilities, the companies' internal protocols and standards for monitoring and analyzing their products, and documents related to allegations of health, safety, environmental, or animal cruelty violations for the companies or any related companies, the news release said.

Responses from each egg company are expected by Tuesday, September 7, according to the letters.

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  1. karen

    How can they be called farms when they are just windowless sheds?

    August 23, 2010 at 8:34 pm |
  2. Vickie from Oregon

    Has the possibality of the bad oyster's from the gulf been checked out the chickens are fed oyster shell as part of their feed and maybe the dead oysters were ground up in the feed, causing the egg problem can that be checked out

    August 23, 2010 at 7:34 pm |