Oh, Babs… It could happen! It could happen!

I’m sure Edie, the Egg Lady, would be aghast at the recent turn of events involving her precious ova.

But we here at Dine 909 want help calm your fears over the Salmonella outbreak.

Let’s look at the facts. Nationwide, an estimated 1,300 have been sickened, including as many as 60 people in Los Angeles County.

No cases have been reported in San Bernardino County.

A total of a half-billion eggs from two Iowan producers (initially Wright County Egg, now Hillandale Farms) have been recalled. This represents less than one percent of all U.S. eggs.

The recalled eggs were sold in California and 13 other states: Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin.

The basic advice?

If you’ve got eggs that have been recalled, don’t eat them!

Simple enough.

Return them to the store where you bought them for a refund.

Click here to read Jim Steinberg’s story on the recall and to find out which brands are affected.

Click here for more egg safety information.

Follow the jump to see San Bernardino County’s press release regarding the recall.

Update: A Fontana company is recalling 300,000 eggs related to the outbreak. Click here to read the story.


San Bernardino County Health Officer Warns Residents

Not to Eat Eggs that are Part of the National Recall

 

San Bernardino.  Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare, Health Officer of the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, advised County residents to check if the eggs they have at home are part of the national egg recall.

 

A portion of eggs produced from May 16 to August 17 by Wright County Egg in Iowa have been recalled because they may be contaminated with Salmonella, a dangerous bacterium that may cause serious health problems. The eggs were in stores within a few days of production and have been distributed in 16 states including California.

 

Dr. Ohikhuare emphasized that “if you have eggs that have been recalled, do not eat them. Return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund.”  At this time, no one in San Bernardino County has been reported ill from Salmonella, as a result of eating recalled eggs.

 

Two recalls have been issued.The new recall covers eggs packaged under the brand names of Albertsons, Farm Fresh, James Farms, Glenview, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma, Lund, Kemps,  Pacific Coast and Country Eggs are marked with plant numbers P-1720, P-1942, P-1946 and P-1026 and a three-digit code ranging from 136 to 229.

 

The earlier recall covered the Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps brands that were marked with plant numbers P-1026, P-1413 and P-1946, and a three-digit code ranging from 136 to 225.

 

Printed on the outside of the egg cartons, the plant number begins with “P” and is followed by the three-digit code.

 

Julian Date

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


                                Three-digit code

               Plant number

 

Symptoms of Salmonella infection include fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea which may be bloody. Most infected people recover within a week; however, some may develop complications that require hospitalization. Infants, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are at highest risk for more severe illness.

 

Since May of this year there has been a nationwide increase in the number of infections due to a strain of Salmonella Enteritidis. Outbreak investigations in several states, including California, have found that some of these illnesses were likely related to eating eggs or foods containing eggs prepared by restaurants or caterers who obtained shell eggs from Wright County Egg.

 

To prevent illness, consumers are advised not to eat recalled eggs. Generally, whenever making eggs, it is best to cook them thoroughly before eating to destroy any Salmonellaor other bacteria that may exist. People who develop symptoms of Salmonella infection after consuming Wright County Eggs should consult their health care provider.

 

Wright County Egg has initiated a voluntary expanded recall. Consumers who believe they may have purchased these eggs should return them to the store where they were purchased for a refund. This recall is of shell eggs only. Other egg products produced by Wright County Eggs are not affected.

 



 

August 13, 2010

August 18, 2010

Expanded Recall

Brand

Three-digit  code

Plant Numbers

Three-digit  code

Plant Numbers

Albertsons

136 to 225

P-1026,

P-1413

P-1946

136 to 229

P-1720,

P-1942

Country Eggs

 

 

216-221

P-1946

P-1026

Farm Fresh

136 to 225

P-1026,

P-1413

P-1946

136 to 229

P-1720,

P-1942

James Farms

 

 

136 to 229

P-1720,

P-1942

Glenview

 

 

136 to 229

P-1720,

P-1942

Mountain Dairy

136 to 225

P-1026,

P-1413

P-1946

136 to 229

P-1720,

P-1942

Ralphs

136 to 225

P-1026,

P-1413

P-1946

136 to 229

P-1720,

P-1942

Boomsma

136 to 225

P-1026,

P-1413

P-1946

136 to 229

P-1720,

P-1942

Lund

136 to 225

P-1026,

P-1413

P-1946

136 to 229

P-1720,

P-1942

Kemps

136 to 225

P-1026,

P-1413

P-1946

136 to 229

P-1720,

P-1942

Lucerne

136 to 225

P-1026,

P-1413

P-1946

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