Archive for Friday, August 20, 2010

Nationwide recall includes eggs sold in Kansas

August 20, 2010, 3:34 p.m. Updated August 20, 2010, 5:24 p.m.


— More than a half-billion eggs have been recalled in the nationwide investigation of a salmonella outbreak that Friday expanded to include a second Iowa farm. The outbreak has already sickened more than 1,000 people and the toll of illnesses is expected to increase.

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 its action was connected to the recall by Wright County Egg, another Iowa farm that recalled 380 million eggs earlier this week. The latest recall puts the total number of potentially tainted eggs at about 550 million.

FDA spokeswoman Pat El-Hinnawy said the two recalls are related.

The strain of salmonella bacteria causing the poisoning is the same in both cases, salmonella enteritidis.

Federal officials say it’s one of the largest egg recalls in recent history. Americans consume about 220 million eggs a day, based on industry estimates. Iowa is the leading egg producing state.

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.

Hillandale said the eggs were distributed to grocery distribution centers, retail groceries and food service companies which service or are located in 14 states, including Arkansas, California, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Thoroughly cooking eggs can kill the bacteria. But health officials are recommending people throw away or return the recalled eggs.

A food safety expert at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., said the source of the outbreak could be rodents, shipments of contaminated hens, or tainted feed. Microbiology professor Patrick McDonough said he was not surprised to hear about two recalls involving different egg companies, because in other outbreaks there have also been multiple sources.

Both plants could have a rodent problem, or both plants could have gotten hens that were already infected, or feed that was contaminated.

“You need biosecurity of the hen house, you want a rodent control program and you want to have hens put into that environment that are salmonella free,” McDonough said.

The salmonella bacteria is not passed from hen to hen, but usually from rodent droppings to chickens, he added. This strain of bacteria is found inside a chicken’s ovaries, and gets inside an egg.

CDC officials said Thursday that the number of illnesses related to the outbreak is expected to grow. That’s because illnesses occurring after mid-July may not be reported yet, said Dr. Christopher Braden, an epidemiologist with the federal Centers for Disease Control.


DillonBarnes 7 years, 7 months ago

Well, let's go to the farm and "return" the eggs!

monkeyspunk 7 years, 7 months ago

What "farm"? You mean the factory right?

1029 7 years, 7 months ago

I just found out that an entire dozen will fit in a 9 x 12 manila envelope if you take them out of the carton. I didn't hear anything break when I dropped it into the mailbox, so it's on the post office from here to not damage the contents.

chocolateplease 7 years, 7 months ago

I'm sure glad to have local eggs in my fridge! I know it's no guarantee of non-contamination, but it seems like these free range hens that run around eating insects and grain (without cages) are healthier than the poor creatures living in those factory farms. But it's sure expensive buying the local eggs, so I don't blame anyone that buys the factory ones. Stay healthy, everyone.

kernal 7 years, 7 months ago

I've convinced myself the increased nutritional value of the free range chickens offsets the cost. But due to the cost, I bought a dozen of house brand eggs at a regional grocers last week and within 24 hours was nauseated for three days. Guess it's all in what one is used to.

jafs 7 years, 7 months ago

Dillon's has a store brand version of cage free, hormone free, vegetarian diet eggs - they're "AA" and cost about $2.50/dozen - a bit more expensive but definitely worth it.

Having started to eat these, regular eggs seem bland and tasteless.

Mike Hatch 7 years, 7 months ago

I haven't been able to make a decent merangue since years ago when we raised our own chickens. Two or three whites were all it took to make a huge topping on a pie. With eggs from the store, I can use up to six and it still doesn't come out real well.

I think it's all the Chicken Lady's fault.

30 Helens agree.

GardenMomma 7 years, 7 months ago

Hey LJW, how about a link or listing of the eggs and the product number or at least the stores in Lawrence that have these recalled eggs?

notajayhawk 7 years, 7 months ago

Hmm. That first link pertains to the first recall, which, I believe, has been expanded. I think there's another plant number now.

And that second link connects to a story that has changed in the minute it took me to post the link - it had the plant numbers and dates for the second recall, but now it appears they've been omitted.

Try these - this one's for the new recall (Hillandale Farms):

This link goes to a story about the expanded first recall (Wright):

50YearResident 7 years, 7 months ago

Are the chickens required to take them back and relay them?

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