August 19, 2010: Recalled Eggs Linked To Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak

At least 380 million eggs have been recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination. On August 13, Wright County Egg recalled 228 million eggs sold since mid-May. The recall has recently been expanded to include an additional 152 million eggs. The potentially contaminated eggs have reportedly been distributed to 17 states.

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The company that produced and distributed the eggs, Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa, reports that the eggs have been distributed to wholesale distributors and food service companies in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin.

According to the company, the recalled eggs came from five plants and are packaged under the following brand names: Albertsons, Farm Fresh, James Farms, Glenview, Lucerne, Mountain Dairy, Ralphs, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Shoreland, Dutch Farms, Boomsmas, Lund, Kemps, and Pacific Coast. The Eggs are packed in various cartons sizes.

As of Thursday, August 19, officials have confirmed that the shell eggs have sickened people in at least four states. However, it is suspected that the outbreak has sickened hundreds of people in several additional states.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that beginning in May, there has been a nationwide increase in the number ofcases of Salmonella enteritidis. Health officials in a number of states discovered that people who had become sick had eaten foods containing eggs. Further investigations traced the tainted eggs to Wright County Egg.

The CDC is working with state health departments, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safetyand Inspection Service to continue to investigate the outbreak.

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