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message 1: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments 228 million eggs are being recalled (and I count myself lucky once again to be able to buy from a local farmer):

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm...

Wright County Egg Conducts Nationwide Voluntary Recalls of Shell Eggs Because of Possible Health Risk


Contact:
Egg Safety Media Hotline
404-367-2761



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 13, 2010 - The following statement was released by officials of Wright County Egg regarding the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) on-farm records review and egg testing for Salmonella.

Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa is voluntarily recalling specific Julian dates of shell eggs produced by their farms because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis or arthritis.

Eggs affected by this recall were distributed to food wholesalers, distribution centers and foodservice companies in California, Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. These companies distribute nationwide.

Eggs are packaged under the following brand names: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps. Eggs are packed in varying sizes of cartons (6-egg cartons, dozen egg cartons, 18-egg cartons) with Julian dates ranging from 136 to 225 and plant numbers 1026, 1413 and 1946. Dates and codes can be found stamped on the end of the egg carton. The plant number begins with the letter P and then the number. The Julian date follows the plant number, for example: P-1946 223.

There have been confirmed Salmonella enteritidis illnesses relating to the shell eggs and traceback investigations are ongoing.

Wright County Egg is fully cooperating with FDA’s investigation by undertaking this voluntary recall. Our primary concern is keeping Salmonella out of the food supply and away from consumers. As a precautionary measure, Wright County Egg also has decided to divert its existing inventory of shell eggs to a breaker, where they will be pasteurized to kill any Salmonella bacteria present.

Consumers who believe they may have purchased these shell eggs should not eat them but should return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund. This recall is of shell eggs only. Other egg products produced by Wright County Eggs are not affected. Consumers with questions should visit www.eggsafety.org9.

Our farm strives to provide our customers with safe, high-quality eggs – that is our responsibility and our commitment.


message 2: by smetchie (new)

smetchie | 4034 comments Why is there an overly large number of eggs contaminated with Salmonella? How does that happen? Doesn't chilling/cooking the egg kill the bacteria?


message 3: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments Since it involves eggs from multiple farms, I would guess it happened at the packaging plant. And I would guess that cooking can kill the bacteria but if people don't clean their hands/counters/etc. after handling the raw egg there's a greater risk. And not every use of an egg involves cooking it (mousse, etc.)

Do you buy your eggs from South Mountain, or just your dairy? That's where I get my eggs.


message 4: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments I get all my eggs from a local "cage free" place...

http://www.egginnovations.com/

Yay local food!


message 5: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments Looks like a good place, RA.


message 6: by Heidi (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10825 comments This grosses me out. I'm glad I don't eat eggs for once. :)


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