COLUMBUS, Ohio – A judge ordered the destruction of 4.3 million eggs that state agriculture officials deemed unfit to eat because they were stored at room temperature at one of the nation's largest egg farms.
Judge Thomas Marcelain of Licking County Common Pleas Court issued the ruling Tuesday, six days after ordering Ohio Fresh Eggs not to sell the eggs. He also ordered Ohio Fresh Eggs to follow all Ohio Department of Agriculture regulations.
State law requires eggs to be stored under refrigeration in a controlled environment below 45 degrees.
Ohio Fresh Eggs spokesman Harry Palmer said the company would destroy the eggs under agriculture department supervision once it finds a suitable landfill.
In September, state agriculture Director Fred Dailey sought to revoke Ohio Fresh Eggs' operating permits, alleging it provided false information on its applications. The company has denied the allegation. A hearing is scheduled for June 6.