Surge in Salmonella Cases Blamed on Recalled Eggs

More than 200 people have been hospitalized with <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Salmonella poisoning thought to be associated with recalled eggs. The eggs in question came from a single firm, Wright County Egg, in Galt, Iowa, according to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We reported previously that Wright County Egg had issued a recall for thirteen brands of eggs.

According to an Associated Press report, the recall involves 228 million eggs. The recalled eggs are packaged under the following brand names: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps. According to the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA), consumers shouldn’t eat the eggs and they should return them to the store where they were purchased.

The eggs were distributed to food wholesalers, distribution centers and foodservice companies in California, Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. However, all of these companies distribute nationwide.

According to the Associated Press, the tainted eggs have sickened at least 266 Californians and seven people in Minnesota. Preliminary information from investigations of outbreaks in California, Colorado, and Minnesota revealed several restaurants or events where more than one person ill with this type of Salmonella had eaten. Information suggests that shell eggs are the likely source of infections in many of these restaurants or events, the CDC said.

Illnesses are also being investigated in Arizona, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas.

According to the CDC, there has been a four-fold increase in the number of Salmonella Enteritidis infections reported to PulseNet, the national subtyping network made up of state and local public health laboratories and federal food regulatory laboratories. Other states have also reported increases since May 2010,

Salmonella Enteritidis is the most common type of salmonella poisoning. It can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis or arthritis.

Health officials are advising consumers to check their kitchens for the recalled eggs. They were packed in cartons of various sizes, including 6-egg cartons, dozen-egg cartons and 18-egg cartons, and feature 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 date follows the plant number. For example: P-1946 223.

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