Recall of eggs highlights disagreements on caging chickens

08/30/2010 | San Francisco Chronicle

This month's recall of 500 million eggs over concerns of possible salmonella contamination has heated up the debate over caged chickens beyond humane issues to food-safety concerns. Advocates of raising egg-laying hens outside battery cages say the conditions are more conducive to producing safer eggs, while others point out that cages that separate hens from their feces create a less-contaminated environment.

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