Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported this past Wednesday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration are currently investigating the recent illnesses associated with an egg recall. Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa recently recalled around 228 million eggs. This is equal to 19 million dozen-egg cartons. Within the past couple of days, the company expanded the recall to include 380 million eggs.
Wright County Egg distribute eggs around the country. They package their eggs under the names of Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralphs, Sunshine, Hillandale, Broomsma’s, Farm Fresh, Trafficanda, Land, Dutch Farms, Kemp, and Shoreland. In the expanded recall, the eggs affected were those distributed to wholesalers, food service companies and distribution centers in Wisconsin, Washington, Utah, Texas, Nevada, Nebraska, Missouri, Oregon, Oklahoma, Iowa, Illinois, Georgia, Arizona, California, Colorado, Minnesota, and Arkansas.
Hundreds of people have been sick from a salmonella outbreak. Salmonella has been tied to the eggs that have caused these illnesses.
One of the most common types of food poisoning is salmonella. It accounts for one billion dollars in medical costs alone. The side effects of salmonella include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, and other side effects such as joint pain, reactive arthritis and other serious health conditions.
It has been Minnesota that tied at least seven salmonella illnesses to the eggs. California believes that the salmonella illnesses are related to the eggs as well and has reported about 266 illnesses.
Colorado is another state that has been effected. They reported about 28 cases in June and July. This is four times the normal number they usually have. “Spires or clusters of suspicious cases have also been reported in Arizona, Illinois, Nevada, North Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin,” reports Atlanta Journal-Constitution.