Egg Recall Boosts Local Producers
COLUMBIA - Local egg producers have seen sales go up since the start of the national egg recall. So far, 550 million eggs have been recalled by the Food and Drug Administration.
Dave Todd raises 440 chickens in Callaway County. The clucking noises from the barn are obvious as you approach. The entrance is covered with hay and immediately full of chickens when Todd lets them out.
Sanitation problems are behind the salmonella-contaminated eggs coming from two Iowa farms. Todd says he has a clean farm and has passed two food safety courses. He sells his Todd Farm eggs at the Columbia Farmer's Market.
"I know everybody at the farmer's market sold out so there's an increased demand for local eggs. That was noticeable right off," said Todd.
On Saturday, the Columbia Farmer's Market sold about 500 dozen eggs, or twice as many as usual. Todd said he's noticed that when there's a food scare, consumers prefer buying local produce.
"Nobody mentioned the salmonella but you know it's probably on their minds and it's been in the news," said Todd.
"Anybody who's concerned about safety needs to cook their eggs until there's no more liquid left in the yolk," said Jo Manhart, director of the Missouri Egg Council.
She believes that the recall demonstrates that the FDA's system for protecting consumers is working. She advises that if you have a brand of egg that is part of the recall, take it back to the store for a refund.
Until the national egg recall is over, local egg producers expect increased business. If you're looking to buy locally produced eggs, look on the carton for the farm name and location, as well as the dealer and retail license numbers.