A nationwide egg recall was announced yesterday by Wright County Egg in Galt, Iowa because of hundreds of link to salmonella. Colorado, California and Minnesota reported about 200 cases of salmonella linked to Wright County eggs in June and July, four times the normal number). Since Wright County Egg distributes eggs all over the country, the outbreak is “pretty much nationwide.”
The outbreak in Colorado was discovered when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noticed that illnesses were occurring from people who ate eggs in the same restaurants. Those Denver restaurants were the same ones who receive eggs from Wright County Egg.
Contaminated eggs are distributed in Colorado and seven other states packaged under the following brand names: Lucerne, Albertson’s, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms, Kemps, James Farms, Glenview and Pacific Coast.
Egg cartons affected are those that come in packs of six, 12 and 18 with production date codes from 136-225 and plant numbers P-1026, P-1413, P-1946 (example: P-1946 136). The salmonella strain only affects shelled eggs, not other egg products.
This particular salmonella strain is Salmonella Enteritidis. It is caused by intact and disinfected eggs, which come from salmonella-infected hens that carry the bacteria in their ovaries and form into the eggs as they grow.
Colorado salmonella symptoms begin 12-72 hours after consumption of contaminated beverages or foods. Victims experience fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps that may last 4-7 days. Usually patients will recover without any treatment but those who have a weakened immune system and prone to severe illness such as the elderly and infants have a more fatal risk.