House Dems announce hearing on egg recall

The Democratic leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee have scheduled a hearing next month to examine the government's response to the recent nationwide recall of hundreds of millions of eggs potentially contaminated with salmonella.

Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), chairman of the full committee, and Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), who heads the E&C oversight subpanel, have already requested documents surrounding the episode from the Food and Drug Administration, the Agriculture Department and the two Iowa-based companies that have recalled more than 500 million eggs in recent weeks.

But they also want to have a public airing when Congress returns. 

A hearing of the oversight panel is set for Tuesday, Sept. 14. A list of witnesses has not yet been made public. 

This post was updated at 1:55 p.m.