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Grist.org, via Lewiston, Maine Sun-Journal
Jack DeCoster: Rotten Egg
As already reported here on Voracious yesterday , the FDA issued a recall for 380 million

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It Gets Worse: More on Wright County's 380 Million Tainted Eggs

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Grist.org, via Lewiston, Maine Sun-Journal
Jack DeCoster: Rotten Egg
As already reported here on Voracious yesterday, the FDA issued a recall for 380 million eggs because of Salmonella infections. Most of the eggs, some of which have made their way into Washington state, come from one company: Wright County Egg in Galt, Iowa.

Over at Grist, Tom Philpott (who is always on hand with some of the sharpest food reporting around) has more incredibly damning info on Wright County Egg--specifically its owner, Austin "Jack" DeCoster, a habitual industrial agriculture offender when it comes to humans, animals, and the environment.

Philpott's article is downright horrifying and definitely worth the read. Among DeCoster's most infamous accomplishments: being run out of Maine for "egregious practices" at his egg facilities there, setting up massive, highly polluting hog factories in Iowa, and raising thousands of hogs and letting all their waste pool into one giant, fecal "lagoon."

As I wrote last week, people are easily fired up about the animal rights and environmental violations of factory farming, but the human cost (to mostly undocumented immigrant workers) remains largely hidden. But DeCoster's offenses at his egg factory in Maine were so odious, they were reported in the New York Times: "Federal investigators said they found workers, many of whom are immigrants from Latin America, handling manure and dead chickens with their bare hands, and living amid rats and cockroaches in the company's trailer park."

Here's hoping this latest catastrophe, along with growing number of states passing tighter restrictions on factory farms, can bring down deadly empires like DeCoster's.

 
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