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Yes, Salmonella species CAN and HAVE BEEN used as a weapon of bioterrorism. Read about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1984_Rajneeshee_bioterror_attack
Now is a good time, also, to bookmark this CDC Salmonella page for future reference: http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/outbreaks.html
I am NOT implying that the current Salmonella enteritidis outbreak in shell eggs is anything but a natural occurrence.
But if it is, you can rest assured that the genetics of 'the bugs' under scrutiny will be identified and typed and the source determined. But it is up to YOU to protect your health and that of your loved ones. Do NOT expect anyone to be able to 'look out for you' completely, for that is impossible.
In the meantime, stick with 'certified' 'tested' eggs from producers who can guarantee the claims they make about their products... if you're in 'the mood for eggs at this time', that is. Be especially careful with food products that contain eggs, including pet foods, dressings, baked goods and the delicious ethnic foods we all love.
It's not always so obvious about what does or does not contain eggs and it's worth taking the time to read labels. Harder still is it to be sure that your restaurant fare is safe.
As ever, we are at the mercy and good faith of those who run our favorite eateries and their food suppliers, those who prepare our food and those who serve it.
Food for thought in this day and age of superbugs, abysmal and cruel animal 'farming' practices and the evils of bio terrorism.
God Bless You and God Bless America
Reverend Barbara Sexton
"The Biblical Biochemist-Where Science Meets the Cross"