AN OPPORTUNITY TO BAN FORCED MOLTING OF HENS
Each year the US egg industry force molts--intentionally starves for up to 14 days--millions of hens to manipulate egg production. Forced molting is so stressful it destroys the hens' immune systems, predisposing the birds and their eggs to Salmonella poison. The US Dept of Agriculture's Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) stated: "FSIS recognizes that public health concerns are raised by highly stressful forced molting practices. For example, extended starvation and water deprivation practices lead to increased shedding of Salmonella enteritidis (Se) by laying hens subjected to these practices."
The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting public comments on reducing egg-borne diseases because of the many illnesses and deaths caused by contaminated eggs.
Please write FDA by SEPTEMBER 20, 1999:
TO BE COUNTED YOUR LETTER MUST STATE THESE 3 DOCKET NOS: 98N- 1230; 96P-0418; 97P-O197. Then Say in Your Own Words:
Thank you. United Poultry Concerns. July 22, 1999
United Poultry Concerns, Inc.
PO Box 150
Machipongo, VA 23405-0150
(UPC Action Alert - An Opportunity to Ban Forced Molting of Hens)