ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS AND SANITATION OF SHELL EGGS WITH EMPHASIS ON THE MIDDLE EAST SITUATION.
DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE NEW YORK 09224 TUSLOG DETACHMENT 36 (USAFE)
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The mechanisms by which shell eggs can become infected and transmit enteric disease to humans are reviewed. Some data are presented which show the environmental conditions in the Middle East which cause contamination of shell egg contents along with results of some bacteriological examinations. Problems of sanitation are identified with the expansion of consumer markets without a corresponding advancement in the industrial and sociological base. The sanitation of egg-washing is discussed in some detail. A program is suggested for U. S. Forces to obtain a reasonably sanitary product in areas with primitive egg-marketing practices. Bacteriological results support the conclusion that shell eggs coming through the common marketing channels have greater contamination than those obtained directly from the farm. A quality control program and sanitary guide is appended. Author
- Food, Food Service and Nutrition