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Egg Recall: Potential Salmonella Contamination Announced

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By Admin on August 17, 2010 1:07 PM

Concerns over possible Salmonella contamination have led to a several-state egg recall. Eggs produced by Wright Country Eggs are under a voluntary recall by the company. The wholesalers, distribution centers and foodservice companies the recalled eggs were sold to are in the following states: California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Minnesota and Wisconsin. These companies distribute eggs nation-wide.

The brand names the Wright Country eggs were sold under the include the following: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps.

The recalled eggs are packaged in 6-egg, 12-egg and 18-egg cartons with Julian dates of 136-225 and plant numbers 1026, 1413 and 1946. These dates and codes can be found stamped on the end of the egg carton. The plant number begins with the letter P, followed by the number, for example, P-1234. The Julian date follows the plant number: P-1234 223. (Note: a Julian date is the calendar year broken down to the days of the year only, i.e., the Julian date for December 31 is 365.)

According to the FDA, there have been confirmed illnesses from Salmonella relating to the egg recall. The FDA traceback investigations are still ongoing. Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection.

The FDA asks that consumers who believe they may have bought the recalled eggs return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund. This recall covers only eggs in the shell. Other egg products produced by Wright County Eggs are not affected by possilbe Salmonella contamination.

If you would like more information about egg safety, visit www.eggsafety.org. The full text of the FDA recall is available on the FDA website.

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