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Thank you to our valued employees, customers, neighbors and friends

by Mark Whittington | May 26, 2018
To our very valued employees, customers, neighbors and friends, We would like to thank everyone that extended support and encouragement to our company over the last eight weeks. It is, and continues to be, greatly appreciated.

We regret any inconvenience or hardship that our voluntary egg recall may have caused any of you. This was the first recall in our company's history and we made the voluntary decision to do so as a precaution. Our farm in Hyde County, North Carolina has been in operation since 2006 and employs 189 of the finest people that you will ever meet. We are proud and consider it an honor to work beside each one of them. We are deeply disappointed by the disrespectful and hurtful way that our team members have been addressed and treated by authorities and some press.

We at Rose Acre Farms and Hyde County Egg Farm take the public safety seriously and want to make sure it is very clear that we have not produced a table egg for the retail or food service market at the facility since April 13, 2018. All egg production is being diverted, further processed, and pasteurized per FDA approval and we will continue to do so until approval is obtained to do otherwise. To date there have been 35 cases of illness reported to be connected to the voluntary egg recall. We are very concerned about the wellbeing of our consumers. We will continue to work to obtain details of the reported illnesses. We will continue to work with authorities to obtain and verify the facts concerning the illnesses in the investigation.

Hyde County Egg Farm produces approximately 2,700,000 eggs per day 7 days a week. The site is exposed to several third party independent audits each year. In the last 12 months Hyde County Egg Farm scored 100% on a Safe Quality Food audit. Hyde County Egg Farm also passed a federal FDA inspection with no noted deficiencies. We operate every day under the guidance and authority of two federal inspectors.

Authorities described our site as having "heavy rodent infestation." They noted 35 mice during the inspection of the farm, which included 27.2 miles of walking inspection through 1,600,000 square feet of production and manure storage areas. Internally, we monitor rodent activity using the FDA approved rating system. This system uses monitoring stations throughout the facility to evaluate status and control. Locations are rated 1, 2 or 3 with 1 being the best with low activity and 3 being the worst with high activity. If monitoring indicates a level 2 rating, additional controls and corrective actions are implemented to bring the results back to a rating of l. Hyde County Egg Farm did have some houses with a 2 rating that were under corrective action. We do acknowledge that the few months these houses were in a 2 rating was too long and that corrective actions were not achieving results as quickly as desired. However, when you consider the numbers noted during visual walkthroughs, we do not feel in any way that the description given was a fair representation of conditions at Hyde County Egg Farm. Both a third party industry expert and a university expert with many years of experience also believe that the description was inaccurate.

Authorities described the facility as having an "insect infestation." There were 25 flies noted during a three-day inspection of our 80,000 square foot processing building and in no way do we believe this description was accurate.

Authorities described the facility as "filthy and dirty." Again, we believe this to be a very inaccurate description. Independent third party inspections have garnered opposite descriptions of "clean and well kept." We are very proud of our facility and take pride in the presentation of our livestock farms.

We do recognize that there were some valid deficiencies noted by the authorities and we are working diligently to correct those. In no way do we want to avoid our responsibility and we look at every issue as an opportunity to improve and get better. We will continue to work with authorities to make the changes and improvements necessary to garner your respect and confidence.

Once again we want to thank all those who have extended support during this time.

God bless, 

Tony Wesner

Chief Operating Officer
Rose Acre Farms, Inc.

3 Comments

  1. 3 steve Carawan 27 May
    Folks that enjoy their eggs every morning might not understand that there is a process involved. Those eggs just don't magically appear on the stores shelves. I applaud Rose Acres for the massive undertaking that they created in rural Hyde County that provides not only a product but the jobs associated with it. The sheer size of that operation will have some issues crop up. That comes with the job and they have handled it so far. Keep up the good work.
  2. 2 Bob Kent 26 May
    Keep up the good work.We like having a place to sell our grain.Gal. 6 vs.9 Do not grow weary when doing the right thing.
  3. 1 Illadeen Hunt 26 May
    Thank you for your concern. Keep up the good work!

Rose AcreTM Recipe of the Month

Chocolate Krinkle Cookies
        
          
Ingredients:
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup vegetable
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup icing sugar
Instructions:
  1. Combine sugar, cocoa and oil in large bowl; with electric mixer, beat until combined and appearance resembles wet sand. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Beat in vanilla.
  2. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt in small bowl. Add to cocoa mixture, beating to mix evenly.
  3. Cover and refrigerate cookie dough for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  4. When ready to bake, spray cookie sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  5. Scoop heaping teaspoonsful of cookie dough; roll into balls. Place in icing sugar and roll to coat completely. Place 10 to 12 balls on prepared cookie sheet about 2 inches (5 cm) apart.
  6. Bake in preheated 350°F (180°C) oven until surfaces of cookies crack and interiors still look slightly moist, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Repeat with remaining cookie dough.


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