"In the wake of this summer's salmonella outbreak scandal
after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration uncovered dangerous,
deplorable conditions at several large commercial factory egg farms,
organic egg farmers reported a significant increase in sales
. Natural food stores and farmer's markets were inundated with concerned customers seeking safer egg options.
organic egg farmers have to follow stricter guidelines when it comes to
caring for their flocks, many shoppers assume that organic eggs are
less likely to be contaminated by dangerous pathogens like salmonella. A
United Kingdom government study in 2008 did find that organic egg farms
showed much lower levels of salmonella contamination. But
all "organic" eggs are not created equal.
The egg farms in the U.K.
study were operating under European organic standards, which are
designed to promote small-scale organic farming, and are stricter in
some ways than U.S. organic rules..." read further