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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