Egg farm responsible for salmonella outbreak had ‘unacceptable rodent activity,’ FDA report says

A North Carolina egg farm that authorities say is responsible for an outbreak of salmonella illness that has sickened several people in nine states has had a heavy rodent infestation and failed to take actions to reverse it, according to an inspection report.

Dozens of rodents, some alive and some dead, were found inside Rose Acre Farms’ hen houses in its North Carolina facility. Many, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration report says, were burrowing in manure piles. Insects also hovered around chicken feeds and throughout the farm. Employees were seen touching body parts and dirty surfaces while handling food.

Perhaps more disturbing, the report says, is that “unacceptable rodent activity” had been going on at the facility for months — before the first of the salmonella-related

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