MODESTO, Calif. — Thank you for your reporting on the United Egg Producers-Humane Society of the United States deal (Agweek, Feb. 20). The focus on Amon Baer is understandable, and I appreciate the other side being profiled as well. It is undeniable that the public and the egg-consuming public are at two minds on the welfare of egg laying hens on the farm.
Will Wal-Mart-style marketing be the reason if a proposed standard on laying egg cages becomes federal law, and part of the farm bill?
Gene Gregory, president and CEO of United Egg Producers, says yes, eggs are a commodity and large producers that sell to big customers such as Wal-Mart need to move across state lines without a patchwork of rules.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A half-billion eggs have been recalled in the nationwide investigation of a salmonella outbreak that Friday expanded to include a second Iowa farm. More than 1,000 people have already been sickened and the toll of illnesses is expected to increase.
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