The massive egg recall continues to roll on throughout the country, and according to 11 Alive News, it now affects the state of Georgia. Around 380 million eggs have been recalled after they were linked to a salmonella outbreak that sickened hundreds of people. The recall now affects Georgia, so what can you do to protect your family?
The recall is simply massive. “This recall will set Olympic Gold,” says Dr. William Schaffner of Vanderbilt University. Wright County Egg, one of the country’s largest egg producers issued the voluntary recall earlier this week after federal investigators linked it to a salmonella outbreak where hundreds of people from California to Minnesota have fallen ill. In most cases, people get sick with an intestinal illness that lasts for days. “Those people who are frail, elderly or very young can have serious, even life threatening infection,” added Schaffner.
The outside of the egg itself is infected, so when you crack the egg, the inside becomes contaminated. Washing the egg won’t help. The only way to get rid of the bacteria is to cook the egg thoroughly. “No soft boiled eggs. No over easy, no fried, no soft scrambled. If you’re going to eat those eggs, cook them and almost cook them again,” advises Dr. Schaffner.
Better yet, return the eggs to the store ASAP for a full refund. Why chance it when it comes to cooking eggs for your own family? Brand names that are believed to be linked to the outbreak are: Lucerne, Albertsons, Mountain Dairy, Ralphs, Boomsma, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemp. The recalled eggs were packaged between May and August of 2010. If you have suspect eggs, check the dates and codes stamped on the end of the carton. The plant numbers affected are P-1026, P-1413, and P-1946. The dates (recorded in the “Julian format”) range from 136 to 225, according to a statement by the Egg Safety Center. For example, eggs in a carton marked with the number P-1026 137 should not be eaten.
Publix is one of the largest grocery chains in Georgia. Concerning recalls, it says, “Food safety is one of Publix’s top priorities. So much so in fact, that we vigilantly monitor the regulatory agencies that issue product recalls and food safety warnings. That way, we’re among the first to know when a recall or warning is issued and can immediately check to see if we sell the product in question. If we do, we follow specific processes that include alerting store locations and providing them with information that may result in removal of certain items from store shelves or cases. We also post the details right here on publix.com, so you can stay informed about situations that could be relevant to your family.” Kroger has the following recall notice posted on its website, “Mountain Dairy AA Grade large eggs, 18 ct.; Mountain Dairy AA Grade large eggs, 12 count; Ralphs AA Grade large eggs, 12 ct.; Ralphs AA Grade large eggs, 18 ct.; Mountain Dairy AA Grade medium eggs, 5 dozen. This product may be contaminated with salmonella and, if eaten, could result in severe illness to those individuals who may consume this product.”
If you have any doubt, it may be wise to lay off cooking eggs for your family for a while. It’s better to be safe than sorry. And that’s no yoke.
Sources: 11 Alive, CBS News, Egg Safety Commission
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