Egg Recall in Iowa
from the CBS News – article can be found here

“The recall involves 228 million eggs produced in Galt, Iowa by Wright County Egg, and distributed to wholesalers and food service companies nationwide.  The recall affects eggs sold under the following brands: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms, and Kemps.

If you have suspect eggs, check the dates and codes stamped on the end of the carton.  The plant numbers affected are P-1026, P-1413, and P-1946. The dates (recorded in the “Julian format”) range from 136 to 225, according to a statement by the Egg Safety Center. For example, eggs in a carton marked with the number P-1026 137 should not be eaten.”

This scares me so much – you just don’t know who to trust anymore!  I’ve heard of Salmonella outbreaks from peanut butter, pre-packaged salads, and undercooked meat, but this is just sad.

Salmonella poisoning is especially dangerous for pregnant women (me!) and people who have weakened immune systems.  Here are some good tips I’ve found for avoiding getting sick from your food:

  • Cook all meats thoroughly – this means no pink spots in hamburgers or chicken!  If you’re at a restaurant, don’t be too shy to send your meat back to be cooked further if you’re concerned.
  • Wash your hands and workspace after handling raw meats and eggs.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating (something I slack off on now and then).

More tips to avoid  salmonella poisoning can be found here.

Specific to egg safety:

  • Keep eggs cold and the refrigerator temperature at <45 degrees.
  • Throw away cracked eggs.
  • Cook eggs until both the yolk and white is firm.
  • Don’t eat raw eggs – if I know I’m going to be tempted to “taste” my cookie dough I do it before adding eggs.

Read more about how to reduce your risk of salmonella poisoning here at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The symptoms of Salmonella poisoning are diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.  If you think you might have this, you should definitely go see your doctor.

This really makes me want to hit our local farmer’s market on Saturday and pick up some fresh eggs.  They may be $5.00 a dozen but at least I know they’re coming straight from the chicken to me!

What do you think of this salmonella outbreak?


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