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Published September 16, 2010, 02:11 PM

Congress wants information from 3 Maine egg farms

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine will soon see if its egg farm inspections withstand congressional scrutiny.

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine will soon see if its egg farm inspections withstand congressional scrutiny.

A congressional committee has requested inspection records and documents related to any allegations of egg contamination at three Maine farms with ties to Jack DeCoster. The request follows a recall of 380 million eggs from an Iowa farm owned by DeCoster because of possible salmonella contamination.

Maine state veterinarian Don Hoenig says he pushed for Maine’s rules because of Salmonella Enteritidis found in chicken houses in the past in Maine. He says no commercial farm buildings have tested positive since October 2009.

He says Maine has regulations that go beyond federal requirements. For example, Maine requires vaccinations of young birds for salmonella, follow-up tests to ensure the vaccinations worked, and stepped-up inspections and cleaning of buildings.

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