Sep 10, 2010 5:49 PM by Greg Boyce
The Colorado Department of Health and Environment has announced a recall for eggs produced in Iowa.
Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa, is voluntarily recalling eggs produced by its farms on specific dates because of possible contamination with Salmonella enteritidis, a foodborne bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
Eggs affected by the recall were distributed to food wholesalers, distribution centers and food service companies in Colorado, California, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The recall includes eggs packaged under the following brand names: Lucerne (Safeway Brand), Albertsons, Mountain Dairy, Ralph's, Boomsma's, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps.
The eggs are packaged in cartons containing six, 12 and 18 eggs with production date codes ranging from 136 to 225, and plant numbers 1026, 1413 and 1946. Production date codes and plant numbers can be found stamped on the end of each egg carton. The stamp begins with the letter P, followed by the plant number and then the production date code (for example, P-1946 223).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is collaborating with state public health officials, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service in an ongoing investigation of a nationwide increase of Salmonella enteritidis infection, including several related to the eggs.
Colorado epidemiologists noted that over the past two months there has been an increase in reported cases of this strain of Salmonella enteritidis. Historically, an average of seven cases of this strain are reported in Colorado during the months of June and July. However, in 2010, a total of 28 cases were reported in those two months. Some of this increase likely is linked to this egg recall and includes cases from a recent outbreak involving The Fort restaurant in Jefferson County. Nationally, the CDC is reporting more than a four-fold increase in reported cases.
Consumers who believe they may have purchased these shell eggs should not eat them but return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Healthy people infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis or arthritis.