It’s time to check your fridge again! There was an egg recall today by Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa. The company is voluntarily recalling specific Julian dates of shell eggs produced by their farms, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. YIKES! Salmonella is a nasty organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in the elderly, young children, frail people, or individuals with weakened immune systems. Salmonella can cause symptoms of diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and fever in otherwise healthy people who are infected. In very rare circumstances, the organism can travel into the bloodstream and produce severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis or arthritis.
The press release announced that the eggs recalled were distributed to food wholesalers, distribution centers and foodservice companies in California, Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. These companies distribute nationwide.
The potentially contaminated eggs are packaged under the following brand names: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps.
Heres how to see if you have the eggs.
“Eggs are packed in varying sizes of cartons (6-egg cartons, dozen egg cartons, 18-egg cartons) with Julian dates ranging from 136 to 225 and plant numbers 1026, 1413 and 1946. Dates and codes can be found stamped on the end of the egg carton. The plant number begins with the letter P and then the number. The Julian date follows the plant number, for example: P-1946 223.”
If you have these eggs throw them out or take them back to the store for a full refund. There have been confirmed reports of Salmonella enteritidis illnesses directly linking back to the shell eggs and traceback investigations are ongoing.
No other Wright County egg products are affected by the recall.
To learn the proper way of handling eggs and help reduce the incidence of food-borne illness related to egg products, check out the Egg Safety Center.