S.C. egg producers prevent salmonella
By Peter Kent
The salmonella outbreak this summer, caused by tainted eggs from Iowa farms, brought to light a key difference with South Carolina producers.
For the past 10 years, state egg producers have voluntarily requested that Clemson Livestock-Poultry Health veterinarians inspect their farms to prevent the disease in laying hens.
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not require this test,” said Boyd Parr, state veterinarian and director of Livestock-Poultry Health. “Our egg producers asked for the testing to ensure their chickens and eggs were healthy.”
As a result of the voluntary effort, no South Carolina produced eggs were involved in the recall, said Julie Helm, poultry veterinarian. Livestock-Poultry Health programs include animal disease detection and prevention, meat and poultry inspection and a diagnostic laboratory that assists veterinarians across the state.
For more information: www.clemson.edu/LPH/.