Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa has issued a recall for 380 million eggs possibly infected with salmonella. The recall started on Friday, Aug 13 with 228 million, but expanded to 380 million eggs on Wednesday, Aug 18.
The eggs are packaged under several brands – Albertson, Bayview, Boomsma’s, Dutch Farms, Farm Fresh, Hillandale, Kemps, Lucerne, Lund, Mountain Dairy, Nulaid, Ralph’s, Shoreland, Sunshine, Sun Valley, and Trafficanda – as well as served in restaurants. If you’re wondering if the eggs in your fridge have been recalled, check out this handy chart. Scroll down to the bottom of the chart for a lesson on how to read the codes on the egg carton.
Dutch Farms has accused Wright County Egg of packaging eggs and selling them under the Dutch Farms brand without the permission of Dutch Farms.
No deaths have been reported, but hundreds of illnesses have been confirmed.
Salmonella is a bacteria that causes diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12-72 hours after infection. Most people recover within a week without treatment, although it can be deadly. Nearly 600 people die from salmonella infections in the U.S. each year.
Salmonella infects chickens through their feed. It grows throughout the entire infected chicken, which is why we are constantly being told to cook our chicken thoroughly. Because of the way that eggs are formed inside the chicken, the salmonella from an infected chicken also infects the egg. Cooking your eggs until they’re dry and rubbery will destroy the bacteria.
You cannot look at an egg or a chicken and know that it is infected with salmonella.
My family goes through about two dozen eggs in a week. If we had purchased recalled eggs, we would have eaten them before the recall went out. But apparently, there has been a significant increase in the number of human salmonella infections reported to the CDC since May, and there is speculation that Wright County Egg might be a big part of the increase. The recall covers eggs shipped since May of this year, although that is not an admission of wrongdoing on the company’s part.
According to the Des Moines Register, Wright County Egg and its owners have pled guilty to federal immigration charges, repeatedly violated state environmental laws, and paid a fine to settle animal state cruelty charges against an egg operation in Maine.
We can feed people and raise animals humanely at the same time. We just have to take the laws seriously before people get sick.
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