Nationwide egg recall triggered by widespread salmonella risk

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A massive egg recall affects more than 200 million eggs from supermarkets nationwide because of suspected salmonella contamination. dfinnecy/Flickr photo.

A nationwide egg recall has been initiated by one of the largest egg producers in the U.S. Possible salmonella contamination is suspected to affect about 228 million eggs produced in Galt, Iowa, by Wright County Egg. The salmonella eggs were shipped to wholesalers, distribution centers and food-service companies in eight states, then shipped nationwide. Consumers are being urged to avoid egg salmonella risk by checking certain affected brands for the dates and codes stamped on the end of the carton.

Salmonella eggs suspected nationwide

The egg recall was launched voluntarily by the egg producer after the CDC tracked a surge in egg salmonella poisoning to Wright County Egg. CBS News reports that the recall affects eggs sold under the following brands: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps. Consumers who have eggs with salmonella risk can return them to the store for a refund. The recall affects shell eggs only. Other egg products from the egg producer are not suspected of salmonella contamination.

How to identify recalled eggs

To confirm whether eggs are part of the salmonella recall, check the end of the egg cartons. The Christian Science Monitor reports that the potentially contaminated eggs come in various sizes of packaging, from six-egg to 18-egg cartons. The egg cartons are stamped with one of three plant numbers: P1026, P1413 or P1946. On egg cartons stamped with one of those three codes, if the number that follows falls between 136 and 225 (the 136th day of the year fell on May 16; day 225 was Aug. 13), the carton could hold salmonella eggs.

Tracking the salmonella eggs

According to a Wright County Egg press release, the recalled eggs were shipped to wholesalers, distribution centers, and food-service companies in California, Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. These companies distribute nationwide. The Monitor said that the Centers for Disease Control noticed a surge in salmonella poisoning in May. In late June and early July, salmonella cases reached a level about four times the seasonal average. State officials in California, Colorado and Minnesota traced many of these salmonella cases to several restaurants and events. Further investigation linked those eggs with Wright County Eggs

Don’t let this happen to you

Egg salmonella poisoning can be serious. ThirdAge reports that the salmonella organism can cause severe and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, salmonella poisoning can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis or arthritis.

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