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Published October 19, 2010, 11:32 AM

FDA warns egg company to clean up or be shut down

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration has warned an Iowa egg company that it could be shut down if it doesn't clean up its act after recalling hundreds of millions of eggs this summer.

By: Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration has warned an Iowa egg company that it could be shut down if it doesn't clean up its act after recalling hundreds of millions of eggs this summer.

The FDA sent a letter to Austin “Jack” DeCoster, owner of Iowa's Wright County Egg, on Oct. 15 urging him to take “prompt and aggressive actions” to eliminate salmonella contamination thought to have sickened 1,600 people this year. The FDA said it will reinspect the farm and could seize products or shut down the company if corrective action hasn't been taken.

The company has not been allowed to sell shell eggs since the salmonella was linked to the farms in August.

The company did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

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