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Egg recall includes 13 name brands

Submitted by admin on August 19, 2010 – 8:25 amNo Comment

By News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RIVERTON, Wyo. – Thirteen name brand egg companies have been affected by the recent egg recall, but no tainted eggs should be found on grocery shelves in the Riverton area. Safeway’s Lucerne brand was on the recall list, but a company spokesperson said those were pulled from shelves Monday as soon as the company was notified of the problem. A spokesperson from Smith’s said they did not carry any of the brands included. Two other Riverton groceries were also exempt. Both Graham’s Gluten-Free Foods and Wind River Mercantile get their eggs from local producers.

The FDA has traced the tainted eggs which have now sickened more than 250 people back to the Wright Country Eggs farm of Galt, Iowa. The 228 million eggs that could possibly be causing salmonella poisoning were produced between May and July, then shipped to food wholesalers for nationwide distribution. Other major brands affected are Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Lund, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Dutch Farms and Kemps.

Food Business News reports there is a way to tell if you’ve purchased tainted eggs. Just look at the production code number on the package.  The ones that could have bad eggs inside will have the numbers 1026, 1413 or 1946, as the four-digit combination, followed by a three-digit code of 136 or 225. Safeway is giving refunds.

So far, health officials say the salmonella outbreak has shown up in Colorado, California and Minnesota. They warn that the disease can be fatal, and many times appears as the flu because it brings on abdominal cramps, fever and diarrhea.

According to the latest reports, FDA officials are already at the farm reviewing records and inspecting the barns.

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