Nationwide Egg Recall Issued Due to Salmonella Risk

A nationwide egg recall has been issued by the FDA and Wright County Egg for more than 228 million eggs that may be contaminated with salmonella, which could pose a risk of food poisoning. 

The egg recall was announced on August 13 after testing revealed that shell eggs from Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa, were contaminated with Salmonella enteritidis. The eggs were distributed to food wholesalers in California, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin, who distribute the eggs nationwide. There have been no illnesses reported in connection to the salmonella egg recall.

The shell eggs affected by the recall were sold in six, eight and 12-egg cartons with plant numbers 1026, 1413, and 1946 and Julian dates ranging from 136 to 225. The eggs were sold under the following labels: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps. The eggs were packed between May 16 and August 13.

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Salmonella is a type of bacteria that attacks the gastrointestinal tract, causing mild to severe food poisoning. For most healthy adults, symptoms of food poisoning from salmonella typically resolve after a few days or weeks. However, young children, the elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems have an increased risk of suffering severe food poisoning after ingesting the bacteria. If not properly treated, some cases of salmonella food poisoning can lead to hospitalization, dehydration or death.

Consumers who have purchased eggs affected by the recall should not consume the eggs and should return them to their place of purchase for a full refund. The recall is limited to eggs sold in their shells. Other Wright County Egg products are not affected.

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