380 million eggs recalled over salmonella outbreaks

What would you expect?

The Wright County Egg company, based in Iowa, has issued a recall of 228 million eggs because of reports of salmonella-related outbreaks in several Western and midwestern states.

The eggs are sold to contract companies including Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps, according to several news reports.

In addition to those brands, NuCal Foods in California issued another notice, saying it was also recalling several brands it had packaged from Wright County Egg. The Associated Press estimated that the recall could involve as many as 380 million eggs.

The Food and Drug Administration posted Wright’s voluntary recall notice, noting that common salmonella symptoms include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. It also pointed consumers to the Web site, eggsafety.org for answers to any questions.

The F.D.A. also noted:

Eggs affected by this recall were distributed to food wholesalers, distribution centers and food service companies in California, Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. These companies distribute nationwide.

RTFA for details about the batch numbers included in the recall.

Me? I’m sticking with the free range and organic eggs I buy at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. When I used to be on the road, I used to stop in at an organic egg farm outside of Taos – they even used to give me a break on bringing back the carton.

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