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Monday Mouthful: Free-Range Egg Crackdown

March 20, 2011

Free-range egg ban shuts bed and breakfast – Prince Edward Island – CBC News.

Stories like these make me see green. A mom-and-pop B&B in Prince Edward Island decided to shut down business this week, in the face of a Health Department order to stop using the eggs from their 75 pastured laying hens. The government wants them to buy the eggs they serve at their B&B from the supermarket instead. Because those eggs are safer. And, this is all in the name of “prevention” – no one has ever been sick from the eggs at this B&B.

What a joke. Eggs from the grocery store are the real risk!! The government spokesperson who handled media questions on this issue explained that the problem is unsanitary conditions in unregulated facilities. There is joke #2. The government thinks it’s more likely that contaminated eggs will come from a family farm, where healthy hens roam on pasture, and the farmers consume and take responsibility for the product and the handling process themselves, than grocery store eggs from hens that have never seen the light of day, eat GMO feed, and get pumped up on medications and hormones to increase their egg production (but have little numbered stamps on the shells, assuring the consumer that the egg comes from an inspected facility). Too bad a stamp can’t create quality where there was none in the first place!

Get out of the kitchen, and leave small farmers alone, “Health” Department!! What a waste of tax money, and a slap in the face to real, homegrown food producers.

Do you know what the “riskiest” food is, according to outbreak data, as tracked by the United States FDA? Leafy greens. I personally avoid all non-organically grown greens for this reason, as well as the pesticide factor. I think it’s risky to trust mass producers of anything. So, while I completely agree that there should be government inspection of food production (heaven forbid industry self-regulation!), including mass-produced eggs that are sold in grocery stores, I think it’s ludicrous to target small family farms as risky and shut them down in the name of prevention.

There is a Monday Mouthful for you. That’s the name I’ve come up with for a new series of rants I will be posting on food-related topics.

Coming soon (you know, when life slows down just a tad): my neglected Urban Fermentation Project will be up and running again, and I will be unveiling a new project too. Stay tuned :)

This post is submitted to Monday Mania, Real Food Wednesday and Fight Back Friday!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 21, 2011 10:10 pm

    Stopping by from Monday Mania. Wow!! This is crazy!!! I wish others were better informed. You think by now people would realize that they should be doing their own research about what is safe to eat/not to eat instead of believing mainstream media.

    I clicked on yours because I also shared about Free-Range Eggs this week….my post also includes a funny story about my impulsive hubby. He got himself in a bit of trouble :)

    Nice to “meet” you!!

    • March 21, 2011 10:13 pm

      Nice to “meet” you too, Denise, thanks for stopping by – I will have to head over to your post when I get the chance!



  2. March 23, 2011 4:29 pm

    Hi Shannon,
    Stories like this make me so angry. How absurd to think that factory farmed eggs are actually healthier.

  3. March 25, 2011 8:22 pm

    I completely agree! Our local health food store (think: super small facility) has faced the same thing. The health department comes in and disallows them from selling free range eggs. They generally wait a week and go back to it, but they shouldn’t have to even do that! I’m way more comfortable using my own eggs than those from the store that have been shipped who knows how far.

  4. April 6, 2011 11:31 am

    This is truly outrageous! One has to wonder how ever did it come to be that government can dictate what people can and can not eat. Ridiculous! The US has it’s same problems with this and it’s one of the reasons my husband and I left the country to one where there are no such laws against eating real and healthy foods. In fact, it is highly encouraged for residents to grow and eat their own gardens and meats.

    • April 6, 2011 6:40 pm


      Thanks for stopping by, Jeanette!


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