Egg Safety Probe Turns Criminal & the USDA’s Grade A Shield Won’t Protect You

September 1, 2010

A pair of egg stories from the Wall Street Journal.

First, the Iowa egg probe has turned into a criminal investigation, and it appears the FBI is on the scene (Bill Marler blogged about the presence of FBI agents yesterday.)

Second, even if you’re as cynical about the egg industry as I am, you probably would never suspect how pathetically little the USDA Grade A shield on an egg carton means. To earn this shield, all the USDA looks at are the eggs’ size, color, and whether they’re cracked.

A USDA official says that shoppers "misunderstand" the shield. Bullshit. The shield is there to mislead consumers about egg safety. (Via Starkman.)

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