According to a recent press release, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has reportedly witnessed rampant abuse of caged chickens and food safety issues after a recent undercover investigation of Publix Supermarkets' main egg supplier, Cal-Maine Foods. Cal-Maine is the nations top egg producer and coincidentally, is also implicated in the latest major egg recall. What The Humane Society has found in the factory farm supplying Publix eggs (owned by Cal-Maine) is overcrowded cages with live hens housed with dead ones. In some instances, the carcasses were mashed onto the bottom wire of cages where the remaining birds step and excrement on.
The HSUS investigator worked inside a Cal-Maine factory for 28 days in Waelder, Texas, and documented multiple abuses and food safety threats. As already listed, some of the reports were of countless dead birds in cramped cages, trapped in wires, and unable to reach food or water. Besides the numerous injuries of the animals themselves, some of their eggs were covered in blood and excrement, supporting evidence of salmonella compromised eggs produced by the company.