OR Submit written comments in triplicate to FDA and to USDA (i.e.
Food and Drug Administration and to the US Dept. of Agriculture:
USDA/FSIS Dockets Clerk
DOCKET NO. 98-045N4
300 12th Street, SW, Room 102
Washington, DC 20250-3700
Dockets Management Branch (HFA-305)
DOCKET NO. 00N-0504
5630 Fishers Lane, rm.1061,
Rockville, MD 20852
Please respond by August 14th . Your comments needn't be detailed.
Point out that the FDA's Egg Safety Plan does not address the primary
causes of Salmonella Enteritidis infection of hens and eggs:
Overcrowding, Unsanitary Conditions, Inhumane Treatment of Birds.
Inhumane treatment includes forced molting, which suppresses the
hens' immune systems and makes them a prey to Salmonella infection as
their eggs are being formed in their ovaries. Demand that forced
molting be prohibited. (Forced molting is a starvation practice used
by the egg industry to manipulate egg laying for economic purposes.
Hens are typically deprived of all food anywhere from 5 to 14 days.)
The US Dept of Agriculture has acknowledged through its own studies
that forced molting is a primary cause of Salmonella poisoning of
eggs. Tell the USDA and the FDA to Ban Forced Molting.
United Poultry Concerns. August 2, 2000
United Poultry Concerns, Inc.
PO Box 150
Machipongo, VA 23405-0150
(Action Alert - Comments Needed on FDA and USDA Egg Safety Plan)