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Salmonella Prevention Plan is Insufficient at Nearly 40% of Egg Farms in US

EMSL Analytical offers testing services for Salmonella and other foodborne illnesses in our advanced microbiology laboratories.


According to Food Quality magazine, inspections conducted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed that 197 out of 555 farms had significant deficiencies when testing for Salmonella. Some of the food safety gaps included failure to sustain a written Salmonella prevention plan, failure to conduct environmental tests for Salmonella, failure to test eggs after a positive environmental sample, and failure to keep required records.

Reports show that some states enforce egg inspection standards that are stricter than the FDA; however, states with more lenient standards were found to be unprepared for the FDA inspection.

Majority of the farms that did not comply with FDA standards were not cited with food-associated violations, but rather pest violations. Fly numbers and rodent numbers were very high, which can be harmful because they are both a source of microbial contamination.

Research suggests that people should be more concerned about eggs from small flock producers because they are not regulated. Some believe that eggs from backyard flocks are safer and healthier, but they are not usually tested by the FDA to prove their safety.

“Most individuals infected with Salmonella recover without treatment; however, young children, the elderly, and those with weak immune systems may develop more serve illnesses where hospitalization is required,” states EMSL’s Vice President of Microbiology and Life Science, Jason Dobranic, Ph.D. “ EMSL Analytical’s advanced microbiology laboratories have the ability to test samples from eggs, as well as environmental samples from their coops to detect Salmonella and other foodborne pathogens.”

For more information on EMSL’s testing services, please contact EMSL at (800) 220-3675, visit, or email .

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a full service testing company providing quality lab services under the same private ownership since 1981. Including the corporate lab facility in Cinnaminson, NJ, EMSL Analytical operates over thirty laboratories nationwide in the US and Canada. We provide analytical services for environmental, indoor air quality (IAQ), industrial hygiene, forensics and materials science, consumer products, food safety, PCR, pharmaceutical, asbestos, lead, and radiological samples. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations, as well as state and federal regulating bodies.



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