With reports of possible contamination with salmonella there has been a massive egg recall and particularly those produced by Wright County Egg. The major media outlets are reporting that the initial figure of 228 million eggs recalled has been upped to 380 million nationwide.
According to the Christian Science Monitor, “The suspect eggs were shipped to wholesalers, distribution centers, and food-service companies in only eight states (California, Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa). But these companies distribute nationwide, according to a Wright County Egg release, which prompted the recall to all the states.” Egg-recall-Are-your-eggs-on-the-list
According to CBS News the brands include: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms, and Kemps.
“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.” CBSnews.com/Egg recall
What are the symptoms of salmonella infection? Who is at risk?
According to WebMD, “Symptoms of salmonellosis include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. They develop 12 to 72 hours after infection, and the illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment. But diarrhea and dehydration may be so severe that it is necessary to go to the hospital. Older adults, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are at highest risk.
“If you only have diarrhea, you usually recover completely, although it may be several months before your bowel habits are entirely normal. A small number of people who are infected with salmonellosis develop Reiter’s syndrome, a disease that can last for months or years and can lead to chronic arthritis.
How is salmonellosis diagnosed?
“Salmonellosis is diagnosed based on a medical history and a physical exam. Your health professional will ask you questions about your symptoms, foods you have recently eaten, and your work and home environments. A stool culture and blood tests may be done to confirm the diagnosis” WebMD.com/food-recipes/food-poisoning/tc/salmonellosis-topic-overview
Regarding the elderly
For those with elderly parents, relatives, or friends, it would be helpful if you checked the egg cartons for them. If the cartons are no longer available — sometimes people keep eggs in a dish or refrigerator holder — you might consider throwing away the eggs and replacing them with known safe ones.
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