Ann Miners: Better conditions produce better eggs

December 31, 2013 

Concerning the letter “ Egg safety is not a factor” (Letters, Dec. 26) some inaccuracies need to be corrected. The Humane Society of the U.S. is not a vegan organization, but rather one that supports the humane treatment of animals raised for food. Numerous well-researched and peer-reviewed studies have shown that intensive confinement of farm animals has negative public health implications, such as an elevated risk of parasites and pathogens that can affect humans (“Emerging foodborne pathogens,” International Journal of Food Microbiology). All 16 scientific studies published in the last five years comparing salmonella contamination in caged and cage-free operations found that those confining hens in cages had higher rates of salmonella, the leading cause of food poisoning-related deaths in America.

The organization the writer represents, the Center for Consumer Freedom, is a nonprofit firm that lobbies on behalf of the fast food, meat, alcohol and tobacco industries. CCF has campaigned against a number of organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

ANN MINERS

Oakdale

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