On April 13, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall of eggs from Rose Acre Farms that were linked to a salmonella outbreak.
On Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that the FDA found “unacceptable rodent activity” at Rose Acre Farms.
According to the FDA’s inspection report issued on April 11, dozens of live and dead rodents were found inside the hen houses at the farm.
People on the internet questioned what the FDA would consider an “acceptable” level of rodent activity.
A representative from the FDA told INSIDER that the agency determines whether or not the level of rodent activity is acceptable based on the number of rodent hairs found.
On April 13, the FDA reported that more than 206 million eggs were recalled from supermarkets because they were linked to a salmonella outbreak. According to the US Food and Drug Administration, the salmonella outbreak started on March 5 and, as of April 16, sickened 35 people and hospitalized 11.
On Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that the reason for the recall was that the FDA found “unacceptable rodent activity” at the farm responsible for the eggs that caused the salmonella outbreak.
According to the Washington Post, the egg farm that produced the salmonella-ridden eggs, Rose Acre Farms in North Carolina, had a heavy rodent infestation that it failed to properly address.
In the original report cited in the article, the FDA said that it had discovered dozens of live and dead rodents inside Rose Acre Farms’ hen houses during an inspection they conducted from March 26 to April 11. Many rodents were seen “burrowing in and out of manure piles.” The FDA investigators also found baby rodents and rodent carcasses inside the hen houses, as well as what appeared to be rodent burrows. This, the FDA reported, was evidence of “unacceptable rodent activity.”
The discovery of rodents — as well as several other indications of “unsanitary conditions and poor employee practices” — led the FDA to conclude that Rose Acre Farms was not following federal health and safety guidelines.
People on the internet reacted with disgust, and wondered what might be considered an “acceptable” level of rodent activity.
I think *any* rodent activity is unacceptable
— John Taylor (@solarspaceprobe) May 15, 2018
ANY rodent activity is unacceptable
— hattienuff (@HattieNuff) May 12, 2018
I shudder to think what “unacceptable rodent activity” might comprise. Of course I’m unclear if there is any “acceptable” rodent activity in a food processing context… #Salmonella https://t.co/ab9NKNQCKS
— Locutus of Borg™ (@WildPalmsLtd) May 16, 2018
Can someone give me the definition of “unacceptable rodent activity” vs any type of rodent activity ?? https://t.co/jGwX5Td5OH
— Amélie (@Amelieferdais) May 16, 2018
“Unacceptable rodent activity”? I read a book once in which they called that Newspeak.
— Rekishikan (@SvensRekishikan) May 16, …read more
Source:: Business Insider