Policy & Politics
- Five questions to ask when approached about pipeline construction
- Newly formed Ohio State advisory team
- Workers’ comp billing system update, deadlines changing
- Board of Tax Appeals ruling that could affect you, input needed
- Ohio State Fair Land & Living Exhibit -- 2014 Schedule of Events
New Food Safety Rules will Burden Egg Producers
The Obama administrationâ€™s effort to improve food safety and curb the spread of salmonella will add a number of new regulations for egg producers.Â Nearly all egg producers with more than 3,000 laying hensâ€”which account for the vast majority of eggs consumed by Americansâ€”will be required to buy chicks from suppliers who monitor for salmonella bacteria.Â In addition, producers will be required to test their poultry houses regularly, step up pest control and take measures to guard against bioterrorism threats. They will also have to refrigerate eggs at 45 degrees Fahrenheit no later than 36 hours after the eggs are laid.Â The Food and Drug Administration estimates that the additional safety measures will cost the egg industry about $81 million a year but provide $1.4 billion in public health benefits, driven in large part by a projected 60 percent drop in the number of illnesses caused by contaminated eggs.