DES MOINES— Low-cost vaccines that may help prevent the kind of salmonella outbreak that has led to the recall of more than a half-billion eggs haven't been given to nearly half the nation's egg-laying hens.
The vaccines aren't required in the U.S., although in Great Britain, officials say vaccinations have given them the safest egg supply in Europe. A survey conducted by the European food safety agency in 2009 found about 1 percent of British flocks had salmonella compared to about 60 to 70 percent of flocks elsewhere in Europe, said Amanda Cryer, spokeswoman for the British Egg Information Service.
There's been no push to require vaccination in the U.S., in part because it would cost farmers and in part because advocates have been focused on more comprehensive food safety reforms, those watching the poultry industry said.
Three die as runaway truck crushes house
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. —A runaway truck hauling tons of gravel flew off an embankment Tuesday and crushed a home, killing a man, woman and child, authorities said.
The truck's brakes failed as it careened along State Highway 154 and through an intersection then hit two parked cars before plunging down a driveway onto the house, authorities said.
"Completely flattened it," Santa Barbara County fire Capt. David Sadecki said.
The truck was hauling two loaded trailers and displayed a sign indicating it could carry 26 tons of gravel, Sadecki said. A California Highway Patrol website that logs traffic incidents said its brakes failed.
The trucker, Joaquin Garcia Morales, was treated for a minor facial cut. He may have been trying to avoid a nearby hotel when he went into the driveway, Sadecki said.