den Dulk Poultry Farms Organic Eggs Recalled Over Salmonella Risk

den Dulk Poultry Farms of Ripon, California has issued a voluntary recall for its organic brown eggs over concerns about possible <"">Salmonella poisoning, reports the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The recalled eggs were distributed to Costco and Safeway in Northern California, as far South as Fresno, and in western Nevada, said the FDA and contain the following information, by retail establishment:

The eggs are sold at Costco as Kirkland Organic Brown Eggs and are packaged in 18-count cartons. Expiration dates and plant code can be found on the end of the carton, as follows: Expiration date April 1 062/plant code 35 P1776; expiration date April 8 069/plant code 35 P1776.

The eggs are sold at 71 Safeway and Pack n’ Save stores as O Organic Grade A Large Brown Eggs. They are packaged in one dozen—12-count—cartons with the expiration date and plant code found on the end of the carton: Expiration date April 1 062/plant code 35 P1776.

The FDA said that the recall was initiated after it was determined that the eggs in question tested positive for the Salmonella pathogen during an internal investigation by den Dulk Poultry Farms. The FDA is urging those consumers who have purchased or are the recipients of these potentially Salmonella-tainted eggs to return them to Costco or Safeway for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact den Dulk Poultry Farms 1-209-599-4269 or Safeway Consumer Service Center toll-free at 1-877-Safeway (723-3929), Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (PDT).

Salmonella causes 40,000 confirmed cases each year, but, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is probably responsible for close to 40 times that—a stunning 1,600,000—noting that 2,500 subtypes of Salmonella exist, said MSNBC in an earlier report.

Salmonella can cause serious, sometimes fatal Salmonellosis infections in young children, weak or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy people may experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain, if infected. Without treatment, severe cases of Salmonella poisoning can result in arterial infections—such as infected aneurysms—endocarditis, arthritis, and death; however, some Salmonella bacteria are resistant to antibiotics, largely due to the use of antibiotics to promote the growth of feed animals.

Salmonella poisoning can lead to Reiter’s Syndrome, a difficult-to-treat reactive arthritis characterized by severe joint pain, irritation of the eyes, and painful urination. A victim of Reiter’s Syndrome may have already been treated for the initial infection, and it can be weeks before the symptoms of Reiter’s Syndrome become apparent. Reiter’s Syndrome, which can plague its victims for months or years, is said to occur when reactive arthritis is evident and at least one other non-joint area, such as the eyes, skin or muscles, is affected.

Salmonella poisoning is the culprit in the massive and ongoing food borne contamination that has been linked to the Peanut Corporation of America’s peanuts and peanut products, as well as the growing multi-state Salmonella poisoning outbreak linked to a variety of SunSprout Enterprises sprouts.

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