A massive salmonella outbreak linked to eggs originating in Iowa and distributed throughout several states has sparked a recall that now includes Washington State.
Hundreds of people in several states have become ill as health officials said Wednesday that the original recall of 228 million eggs recalled last week by Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa has now increased to 380 million eggs.
No deaths have been reported, according to Dr. Christopher Braden, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention epidemiologist involved in the CDC’s investigation, with state health departments, into the illnesses. The Food and Drug Administration is also investigating.
Several states have seen a rise in reports of salmonella. California has reported 266 illnesses since June, while Colorado reported 28 cases in June and July, four times the usual number. Spikes or clusters of salmonella cases have also been reported in Arizona, Illinois, Nevada, North Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin.
Eggs from Wright County Egg were distributed around the country and packaged under the following brand names:
- Dutch Farms
- Farm Fresh
- Mountain Dairy
Eggs affected by yesterday’s expanded recall were distributed to food wholesalers, distribution centers, and food service companies in California, Colorado, Minnesota, Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Oklahoma, Oregon, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.
In a statement released yesterday, Wright County Egg officials said:
“We are undertaking this additional recall to further protect the safety of consumers. This voluntary measure is consistent with our commitment to egg safety, and it is our responsibility,” Wright County Egg officials said in a statement Wednesday evening.
Bacteria in the eggs can be killed by thoroughly cooking them, but health officials recommend consumers return or throw away any recalled eggs they find in their homes.
Source: Associated Press