A recent British Government study found a significantly lower level of Salmonella, a bacterium that is the most common cause of food poisoning worldwide, at organic hen farms.
Over 23% of farms with caged hens tested positive for salmonella, compared to just 4.4% in organic flocks and 6.5% in free-range flocks.
Salmonella was most prevalent in the largest holding size category (30,000 birds or more). They contained over four times the average level of salmonella found in flocks closer to the maximum size allowed under British Soil As. organic standards.
Consider buying organic free-range eggs at your local farmers’ market or a community-supported agriculture programs (CSAs). Click here to locate farmers’ markets and CSAs in your area.