Eggs are being recalled around the country after a widespread Salmonella outbreak was linked to a farm in Iowa that distributes to wholesalers and distributors who sell the eggs under a variety of supermarket brands, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced.
People have gotten sick from the eggs, but the FDA did not say how many or where. But the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated the number of those stricken is in the hundreds -- documenting about 200 cases a week in early summer. One estimate of the number of eggs involved exceeds 200 million.
The eggs have been sold to consumers under the following names: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph's, Boomsma's, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps. They have been sold in cartons of six, 12 and 18.
The eggs involved in this recall carry Julian date codes of 136-225 and have the plant numbers 1026, 1413 and 1946. The date follows the plant number. As an example: P1946 136. The expiration dates on the packages will vary.
Salmonella can be fatal to young children, the frail, elderly and those with weakened immune systems, the FDA said. Most people who are contaminated with Salmonella usually experience a variety of gastrointestinal problems, but the infection can cause more serious issues.
Salmonella enteritidis, the type associated with eggs, usually starts 12 hours to three days after consumption and typically lasts up to a week, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The federal government offers a series of guidelines about how to safely deal with eggs.
The FDA said Wright County Egg is cooperating with its investigation and took the rest of its eggs to a "breaker" where they are to be pasteurized to kill any remaining bacteria.
If you have any of these eggs, return them to the place of purchase for a refund. Do not consume them.
Anyone with questions is asked to go to an industry web site to find more information or call 404-367-2761.
This is the latest is series of high-profile food recalls as Congress continues to stagnate on attempts to upgrade American food safety laws. Consumer Ally just this summer has chronicled recalls due to foodborne contamination -- Salmonella, Listeria and E.coli -- in everything from lettuce to pet food to chicken nuggets.
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