Eggs Recalled in Minnesota Salmonella Outbreak

Six illnesses in Minnesota have led to an egg recall that is being investigated by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Minnesota Department of Health. The Larry Schultz Organic Farm in Owatonna, Minnesota, distributed the eggs to three states, said the Winona Daily News.

The six people fell ill with <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Salmonella poisoning—salmonellosis—from August 12 through September 24. All of the confirmed cases took place in the Twin Cities area, said the Winona Daily News; all six who were sickened have since recovered.

Salmonella’s presence on the Larry Schultz Organic Farm was confirmed by environmental testing. The farm is cooperating with the investigation, said the Winona Daily News.

Following testing, the farm issued a recall of its products, which were distributed to restaurants, grocery stores, wholesalers, and food-service companies in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan, the Winona Daily News noted.

Bluff Country Co-Op is the only retailer located in Winona that may have received the recalled eggs; however, the establishment does not have any Schultz Farm eggs in stock, said the Winona Daily News.

Full details on the recall and locations to where the eggs were distributed outside the Winona area can be accessed at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s website at www.mda.state.mn.us.

Food borne pathogens can be dangerous, sometimes deadly, leaving sufferers with food poisoning symptoms that range from gastrointestinal upsets to serious life-long health issues.

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial food borne illnesses. Salmonella infections can be life threatening, especially to those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, and persons with HIV infection or who are undergoing chemotherapy.

The most common manifestations of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within six to 72 hours. Additional symptoms include chills, headache, nausea, and vomiting that can last up to seven days. The illness usually lasts four to seven days.

In some patients, however, the organism can invade the bloodstream, becoming so severe that hospitalization is required. Sometimes, infection with the Salmonella pathogen can result in and produce more severe or chronic illnesses.

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