Recall Expands To More Than Half A Billion Eggs - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Recall Expands To More Than Half A Billion Eggs

WASHINGTON (AP) - Half a billion eggs have been recalled in the nationwide investigation of a salmonella outbreak that has already sickened more than 1,000 people.

Iowa's Hillandale Farms said Friday it was recalling more than 170 million eggs after laboratory tests confirmed salmonella. The company did not say if it is connected to Wright County Egg,
another Iowa farm that recalled 380 million eggs earlier this week.

An FDA spokeswoman said the two recalls are related. The strain of salmonella poisoning is the same in both cases.

The eggs recalled Friday were distributed under the brand names Hillandale Farms, Sunny Farms, Sunny Meadow, Wholesome Farms and West Creek. The new recall applies to eggs sold between April and
August.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE:

ATLANTA (AP) - A salmonella outbreak linked to eggs has sickened hundreds of people in four states and possibly more. Health officials are focusing their investigations on restaurants in California, Colorado, Minnesota and North Carolina.

Suspicious cases have cropped up in five other states. Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa, has recalled nearly 32 million dozen-egg cartons.

The new recall covers eggs branded as Albertsons, Farm Fresh, James Farms, Glenview, Mountain Dairy, Ralph's, Boomsma, Lund, Kemps and Pacific Coast and are marked with a three-digit code ranging from 136 to 229 and plant numbers 1720 and 1942, the company said.

The earlier recall covered the Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph's, Boomsma, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps brands that were marked with with a three-digit code ranging from 136 to 225 and plant numbers 1026, 1413 and 1946.

The four-digit plant number begins with "P - " and is followed by the three-digit code.

Both recalls affect eggs packed in several different sized cartons, from a half-dozen to 18 eggs. Only shell eggs are affected by the recall, the company said.

Consumers are encouraged to return the eggs in their original packaging to where they were purchased for a full refund.

Salmonella bacteria can be found inside and outside of eggs that appear to be normal.

Given the health risks posed by eggs, the FDA offers the following safety advice on its website:

-- Don't eat recalled eggs or products containing recalled eggs. Recalled eggs might still be in grocery stores, restaurants, and consumers' homes. Consumers who have recalled eggs should discard them or return them to their retailer for a refund. Individuals who think they might have become ill from eating recalled eggs should consult their health care providers.

-- Keep shell eggs refrigerated at temperatures no higher than 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7 degrees Celsius) at all times.

-- Discard cracked or dirty eggs.

-- Wash hands, cooking utensils, and food preparation surfaces with soap and water after contact with raw eggs.

-- Eggs should be cooked until both the white and the yolk are firm and eaten promptly after cooking.

-- Do not keep eggs warm or at room temperature for more than 2 hours.

-- Refrigerate unused or leftover egg-containing foods promptly.

-- Avoid eating raw eggs.

-- Avoid restaurant dishes made with raw or undercooked, unpasteurized eggs. Restaurants should use pasteurized eggs in any recipe (such as Hollandaise sauce or Caesar salad dressing) that calls for raw eggs.

-- Consumption of raw or undercooked eggs should be avoided, especially by young children, elderly persons, and person with weakened immune systems or debilitating illness.

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