August 23rd, 2010
10:42 AM ET

More egg recalls could be ahead, FDA chief says

CNN Wire Staff

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The recall of more than half a billion eggs over the past two weeks is the "largest such egg recall in recent history" and the Food and Drug Administration "may need to continue with smaller sub-recalls," FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg told CNN's "American Morning" on Monday.

"We have a very complicated network of food distribution in this country," Hamburg said. "You start with a couple of farms in Iowa and you can get nationwide exposure."

Hillandale Farms of Iowa announced Friday it was recalling more than 170 million eggs. Another 380 million have been recalled by another Iowa producer, Wright County Egg, after the FDA linked the eggs to an outbreak of salmonella that has sickened hundreds of people nationwide.

The FDA was talking with the two egg producers to gain access to their premises to look around and examine their records. "We're continuing to investigate to make sure that we fully understand the source of the contamination," Hamburg said.

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  1. Boomer in Mo

    Keep your own chickens. Many cities allow it. Then you know how your eggs were handled and cleaned before you eat them.

    August 23, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
  2. Joan Farmer

    Please keep posting all the original #'s as well as the current #'s and any numbers in the future....We read the articles, but there should be a list on your home page at all times.
    Thank you

    August 23, 2010 at 11:10 am |