This is not any old recall, though. With headlines covering NPR, the BBC, NY Times, EVERYWHERE, this is something special. Mr. Jack DeCoster is a serial offender in the food atrocities realm. From human rights violations (working/living conditions, etc.) to environmental infractions, this large egg operation is the poster child for bad behavior. It doesn't help much that DeCoster looks the part of a dirty old man, too.
August 18 marked hundreds sick with Salmonella and 380 million eggs recalled. As of today, over 500 million eggs have been recalled, and more reports of illnesses are expected as eggs in circulation are consumed. Thankfully, speedy action is underway...to remedy a problem that started in MAY!
But kids, let me tell you, these eggs get around. According to NPR, "The eggs were distributed around the country and packaged under the names Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph's, Boomsma's, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemp. It wasn't immediately clear when the eggs were produced and distributed." Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it is really difficult to figure out where the eggs you eat come from, not to mention how the chickens are treated or impact the surrounding environment.
Salmonella is one of those illnesses you grow up hearing about - "don't eat the cookie dough, honey, there are raw eggs in it." Yadda, yadda, yadda; we all did anyway. However, now I would tread lightly and warily.