NY Times: US Egg Industry Shirked Vaccine

August 24, 2010

The New York Times just published an article all about how the UK decisively dealt with its egg industry’s salmonella problem a decade ago by requiring vaccination of chickens.

These vaccinations have proven incredibly effective, and the cost is trivial. It’s something like fourteen cents, spread out over the 300-500 eggs a hen will lay in her life.

But rather than pay that minimal cost, it appears the US egg industry decided it would be cheaper to let a lot of their customers get sick.

Yet another example that, whether it regards animal welfare or the public health, America’s egg industry invariably needs to be dragged kicking and screaming into doing the right thing. Link.

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