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Oct 19, 2010 9:10 AM by Associated Press

FDA warns egg company to clean up or be shut down

The Food and Drug Administration is warning an Iowa egg company that it could be shut down if it doesn't clean up its act after recalling hundreds of millions of eggs this summer.

This month, the FDA sent a letter to the owner of Iowa's Wright County Egg, urging him to take "prompt and aggressive actions" to eliminate salmonella contamination thought to have sickened 1,600 people this year.

The FDA says it will reinspect the farm and could seize products or shut down the company if corrective action hasn't been taken.

The company hasn't been allowed to sell shell eggs since salmonella was linked to the farms in August.

Meanwhile, the FDA has informed Hillandale Farms, also involved in the egg recall, that it could resume selling eggs from three hen houses at its West Union, Iowa, facility. The OK came after an on-site inspection.

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