Egg Recall List – Updates

August 19, 2010 by staff 

Egg Recall List, An increasingly massive recall by county egg Write Egg, after the sickening hundreds of people since May, now exceeds 13 Retail Trade 19 Retail Trade that the egg factory packages. The culprit: Salmonella on eggshells. Up to 380 million shells, to be exact.

Bacterial contamination in the modern industrial-scale chicken farms (factories, really) is a growing issue. Cramped conditions are breeding grounds for disease. Widespread use of antibiotics is creating resistant bacterial strains. Salmonella in eggs only emerged as a problem in the years 1980, several centuries after the man started to keep chickens for food. According to The New York Times:

The company behind the recall, Wright County Egg Galt, Iowa, is owned by Jack Decoster, who has Run-ins with regulators over the poor or unsafe working conditions, violations of environmental legislation, the intimidation of workers and the hiring of illegal immigrants .
An antidote to the problem of industrialized agriculture for locally produced eggs chosen from companies that allow their chickens to run free. Although aware that the label “free range” does not mean what you think.

See a photo tour of a free-range chicken farm.

Here is a list of the brands involved in the egg remember:

Egg Recall List
Dutch farms
Farm Fresh
Glenview Hillandale
James Farms
Mountain Dairy NuCal
Pacific Coast
Shore Country
Traffic Anda

The recalled eggs are packed in 6 to 12 – or 18-egg cartons with Julian dates ranging 136-225 and plant numbers 1026, 1413 and 1946. Data and codes can be found stamped on the end of the egg box (see photo). The plant number begins with the letter P, then the number. The Julian date following the plant number, for example: P-1946 223.

Consumers should not eat the eggs, and eggs should be recalled back to the store where they were purchased for a full refund.

Symptoms of salmonella poisoning
Within 6-to-72 hours after eating an egg, you may experience lower abdominal cramps, diarrhea (sometimes bloody), vomiting fever, chills, malaise, nausea or headache. Symptoms may persist for as long as one week. While most people recover without treatment, some patients required hospitalization.

Among the 21,244 cases of food poisoning reported disease outbreaks in the United States in 2007 (the latest year for which data are available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Salmonella was the No. 2 cause of the disease, which 27% of foodborne infections disease outbreaks, including 55% of the multi-state outbreaks, and 81 illnesses attributed to salmonella in eggs, five deaths due to Salmonella-contaminated food. The two largest foodborne illness outbreaks that year were caused by salmonella in hummus and frozen pot pies.

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