According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Iowa-based Wright County Egg is expanding its voluntary recall of 380 million shell eggs due to the possibility of Salmonella enteritidis (SE) contamination. According to a report in the New York Times, the recall was expanded after thousands of people became ill. The “outbreak” is being described by federal officials as the “largest of its type related to eggs in years.”
The original Wright County Egg recall involving 13 brands of shell eggs were originally distributed to eight states. The expanded recall now includes 16 brands of shell eggs that were distributed to wholesalers, foodservice companies and distribution centers in the following 17 states:
Expanded Recall of Wright County Shell Egg Brands:
- Dutch Farms
- Farm Fresh
- James Farms
- Mountain Dairy
- Pacific Coast
The affected eggs, distributed nationally, are packaged in 6-egg, 12-egg and 18-egg cartons as well as loose eggs used for repackaging and institutional use. Stamped dates and codes are located on the end of the cartons or printed on the case label. Plant numbers, which begin with the letter “P”, are followed by numbers 1026, 1413, 1720, 1942 and 1946. Julian dates which range from 136 to 229, follow the plant number such as “P-1720 223.”
Many confirmed Salmonella enteritidis illnesses have been reported and the investigation is ongoing. Any eggs involved in the recall should not be consumed but should be returned to the original place of purchase for a full refund. No other Wright County Egg products are involved in the recall.
For more information, please visit the FDA website or call Wright County at 866-272-5582.