New Egg Recall, What You Should Do

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Calling all eggs - or at least about 228 million of them. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the voluntary egg recall of 13 brands that are produced by Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa, because of reported Salmonella contamination.

What Consumers Should Do About This Egg Recall

If you have purchased any of the following brands of eggs, with particular date stamps, do not eat them. You can return them to the place of purchase. They include Albertson, Lucerne, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms, and Kemps.

The recalled eggs are stamped with Julian dates ranging from 136 to 225 and plant numbers 1026, 1413, and 1946. The eggs were packed between May 16 and August 13. They are in 6, 12, and 18-egg cartons.

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Ironically, the FDA implemented new egg safety laws on July 9, 2010, which were designed to reduce the possibility of Salmonella contamination. The new law affects egg producers like Wright, which have 50,000 or more laying hens.

Besides not eating the recalled eggs and returning them to where they were purchased, here are some guidelines for egg safety.

  • Discard eggs that are cracked, broken, or leaking
  • Wash your hands before and after handling eggs
  • Store eggs at 45 degrees F or below immediately after bringing them home. Refrigerate while in transit in a cooler.
  • Never store eggs at room temperature
  • Do not store or stack eggs near a heat source
  • Only take the eggs out of the refrigerator that you will be using immediately.
  • Do not reuse a container that has held raw eggs until you completely sanitize it.
  • Always cook eggs thoroughly

If you experience symptoms of abdominal cramps, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, chills, and/or headache within 6 to 72 hours after eating eggs, you could have salmonellosis. Symptoms usually last only a day or two in healthy individuals but can lead to serious complications in young children, pregnant women, people with a compromised immune system, and the elderly.

Consumers who have questions about the egg recall can contact the Egg Safety Media Hotline at 404-367-2761. More information about egg safety can be found at the American Egg Board website.

SOURCES:
American Egg Board
Food and Drug Administration

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