Recently, an Iowa egg producer voluntarily recalled 380 million eggs because they may be contaminated with Salmonella enteritidis. Today, another Iowa egg producer announced a voluntary recall of certain shell eggs that have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Animal Health Services and Food Safety John Walther said LDAF inspectors are checking with food distributors, restaurants and grocery stores looking for any eggs involved in the recall.
“At this point, we haven’t found evidence of the recalled product in the major distribution chains,” Walther said. “So far inspectors have identified only three cases of recalled product.”
Salmonella can be on both the outside and inside of eggs that appear to be normal, and if the eggs are eaten raw or undercooked, the bacterium can cause illness. Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and individuals with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
Consumers who believe they may have purchased these eggs should not eat them but should return them to the store where they were purchased.
Strain said consumers should check the information on the carton to determine if they have recalled eggs. Dates and codes are stamped on the end of the egg carton or printed on the case label. Typically, the plant number begins with the letter P followed by the number. In most cases, a three-digit code, called a Julian date, follows the plant number, for example: P-1413 136.
Eggs affected by the recall are marked with the following plant numbers and codes; P-1026, P-1946, P-1413, P-1720, P-1942 with Julian dates that range from 136 to 229; P-1091, dates range from 167 to 174; P-1686, dates range from 142 to 149; P-1951, 193 to 210; P-1860, 099 to 230; P-1663, dates range from 137 to 230.
To learn more about the recall, consumers should visit www.eggsafety.org
For tips on reducing your risk of becoming infected with salmonella, visit www.cdc.gov/Features/SalmonellaEggs/.