July 7, 1998
Contact: Karen Davis
(301) 948-2406

What the Egg Nutrition Board Isn't Telling Viewers
Please Urge THE TODAY SHOW to Cancel This Sponsor

The egg industry is currently advertising its product on The Today Show. They're telling the public eggs are "good for you," but:

  • According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, eggs contaminated with Salmonella have caused significant numbers of human illnesses and continue to be a major public health concern. "Salmonella infected flocks have become prevalent throughout the country."

  • Each year, the U.S. egg industry intentionally deprives millions of hens of all food for an average of 1-2 weeks, until they lose 25 to 35 percent of their body weight. This starvation practice, known as forced molting, is a primary cause of Salmonella poisoning in chickens, eggs, and people.

  • The modern hen house is loaded with rodents. Every night, mice deposit an average of 100 fecal pellets per mouse in a 24 hour period in the hens' food. These Salmonella-ridden fecal pellets are the first thing the caged hens consume in the morning.

  • The eggs being advertised on The Today Show are laid in filthy, infested hen houses filled with manure and permeated with toxic excretory ammonia fumes. A one million hen complex produces 125 tons of wet manure a day.

The Egg Nutrition Board--the egg industry--is not about public health--just public relations. The caged birds live and lay their eggs in squalor--ingesting and inhaling Salmonella poison day in, day out--which is conveyed to consumers of eggs and egg products via the hens' ravaged immune system. The idea is to condition the public to accept Salmonella-infested eggs as "normal." This is a baldfaced lie.

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