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Default Massive Egg Recall

In case you've been without power or living in a dungeon for the past few days, take note:

A massive egg recall by Write County Egg has sickened hundreds of people, and affected 13 retail brands that the egg factory packages. The culprit: Salmonella on egg shells.

The egg brands affected by the recall include: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms, and Kemps.

Eggs are packed in 6- 12- or 18-egg cartons with Julian dates ranging from 136 to 225 and plant numbers 1026, 1413, and 1946.

Dates and codes can be found stamped on the end of the egg carton. The plant number begins with the letter P and then the number. The Julian date follows the plant number, for example: P-1946 223.

Consumers should not eat the eggs and should return recalled eggs to the store where they were purchased for a full refund.

Bacterial contamination on modern industrial-scale chicken farms (factories, really) is a growing problem. Cramped conditions are breeding grounds for disease. Widespread use of antibiotics is creating drug-resistant strains of bacteria.

One antidote to the problem is to choose locally sourced eggs from farms that allow their chickens to run free. Though be aware that the label "free range" doesn't mean what you might think.

"You really don't have to wash your eggs, but you do want to make sure you wash your hands, cooking surfaces, those types of things."

Another important tip, make sure you cook them well.

She says, "People tend to love the runny eggs, the over easy eggs, but that does increase your risk of getting sick."

And if you think your eggs might be on the recall list, just check the carton for the Julian date and Plant numbers. Remember: Both are listed just above the expiration date on the side.

If the Julian number is between 136 and 229, and the plant number is P1026, P1720, P1091, P1942, P1413, P1946, P1686 or P1951, then your eggs are part of the recall.
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Default FDA chief says more egg recalls possible

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Wright County Egg products were distributed under multiple brand names, including: Lucerne, Ralph's, Hillandale, Farm Fresh and Kemps. Eggs being produced by recall farms safe, if pasteurized, experts say Chicken feed may be source of salmonella in egg recall:

FDA: Are the eggs in your fridge safe to eat?

Nationwide recall of eggs linked to salmonella expandedHealth
CDC revises death estimates from fluChicken feed may be source of salmonella in egg recall:

MONDAY, Aug. 23 (HealthDay News) -- There may be more recalls of eggs potentially tainted by salmonella, the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Monday.

"We may see some additional sort of sub-recalls over the next couple of days, maybe even weeks, as we better understand the network of distribution of these eggs that are contaminated," agency director Dr. Margaret Hamburg told NBC's Today show.

At least 550 million eggs have been recalled so far, according to federal officials.

Hamburg also believes that new laws are needed to expand the FDA's enforcement from a mostly reactive stance on food safety to a more "preventive approach."

Appearing on the network morning news programs, Hamburg said the FDA is taking the salmonella outbreak "very, very seriously." But, she added, Congress should pass pending legislation that would give her agency greater enforcement power, including new authority over imported food, the Associated Press reported.

"We need better abilities and authorities to put in place these preventive controls and hold companies accountable," Hamburg said.

She also offered some practical advice for consumers, urging them to avoid runny, over-easy "egg yolks for mopping up with toast."

http://www.news9.com/Global/story.asp?S=13027849
Tips for Consumers
Don’t eat recalled eggs or products containing recalled eggs. Recalled eggs might still be in grocery stores, restaurants, and consumers' homes. Consumers who have recalled eggs should discard them or return them to their retailer for a refund. Individuals who think they might have become ill from eating recalled eggs should consult their health care providers.
Keep shell eggs refrigerated at ≤45˚ F (≤7˚ C) at all times.
Discard cracked or dirty eggs.
Wash hands, cooking utensils, and food preparation surfaces with soap and water after contact with raw eggs.
Eggs should be cooked until both the white and the yolk are firm and eaten promptly after cooking.
Do not keep eggs warm or at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
Refrigerate unused or leftover egg- containing foods promptly.
Avoid eating raw eggs.
Avoid restaurant dishes made with raw or undercooked, unpasteurized eggs. Restaurants should use pasteurized eggs in any recipe (such as Hollandaise sauce or Caesar salad dressing) that calls for raw eggs.
Consumption of raw or undercooked eggs should be avoided, especially by young children, elderly persons, and person with weakened immune systems or debilitating illness.
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