GOP Rep. Tom Latham says the Food and Drug Administration is to blame for a huge recall of eggs from two Iowa companies, but Democratic challenger Bill Maske says the problem is a result of Republican-backed deregulation.
The candidates for Iowa's 4th Congressional District discussed the egg recall Friday during a taping of the Iowa Public Television program, "Iowa Press."
About 550 million eggs were recalled after a salmonella outbreak was traced to two companies, Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms of Iowa
Latham argued that federal regulators "dropped the ball" and that no new rules are needed to prevent future outbreaks.
Maske countered that the government needs to increase oversight to ensure the food supply is safe.