Salmonella outbreaks in several states have led to a massive egg recall following investigation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The outbreak has caused hospitalizations across the United States. At least 38 people in Santa Clara County, California, and 266 people across that state have gotten sick after eating contaminated eggs, with at least three in Santa Clara County being hospitalized, since May, Mercury News reports. Authorities are also investigating salmonella infections in Arizona, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas, according to FDA.
Officials have traced contaminated eggs back to Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa. The company has issued a nationwide voluntary recall of about 228 million shell eggs shipped since May 19 to food wholesalers, distribution centers and foodservice companies in California, Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. These companies distribute nationwide.
The recalled shell 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. In particular, beware of egg cartons which have the plant numbers P-1026, P-1413, and P-1946, packed in various sized cartons (6-egg, dozen and 18-egg cartons) with Julian dates ranging from 136 to 225, Food Safety News reports. Look for the dates and codes on the end of egg cartons, with the plant number starting with a letter P followed by the number. The plant number follows the Julian date, such as: P-1026 140.
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