One more reason to say no to Big Food: Wright County Egg recall
Posted Aug 19 2010 8:55am
A series of salmonella outbreaks across the country have prompted Iowa egg producer, Wright County Egg, to recall 380 million products. Eggs under the brands Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farm, and Kemps should be returned to the store in which they were purchased for a refund. The recall is for shelf-eggs only, meaning that products containing eggs are not affected.
Prior to the recall, Wright County Egg was being targeted by government regulators for environmental violations, unsafe working conditions, plus worker harassment, reports the New York Times . In fact, recalls like this one are very often the result of giant food factories operating under unsanitary conditionsand a great reason why we should buy from small, local farms whenever possible. Sometimes, doing so is more expensive and less convenient, but the price paid in dollars or an extra trip to the farmer’s market is worth it to support a food production system that cares about people, animals, and the planet.
While some consumers will choose sustainability whenever possible, many more will require some sort of threat to their personal health or lifestyle as motivation to reject unethical food. Where do you fall?