Yesterday’s news of Salmonella poisoning brought a rash of similar stories from consumers. The original recall list took place when Wright County Egg in Galt, Iowa reported that contaminated eggs were distributed in California, Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. The lot numbers of the egg that were possibly contaminated were announced and consumers were urged to throw them out. The Egg recall list has expanded now to include 338 million eggs over the original 228 million.
The new information also includes an expansion to consumers in Utah, Nebraska, Arkansas and Oklahoma. The retailers who sold these possibly contaminated eggs include Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch, Farms and Kemps. The initial set of contaminated eggs were sold in May and have possible been cooked and eaten already. However, The expanded egg recall list definitely increases the effort to find and remove the contaminated eggs from the shelves.
According to The NY Times, Wright County Egg, of Galt, Iowa which is owned by Jack DeCoster had already been cited for poor and unsafe working condition, environmental violations, harassment of workers and the hiring of illegal immigrants. The US FDA indicates that the officials at the Wright County Egg facility are cooperating with the investigation. In this particular situation, lot numbers may not be enough to get all the cartons the contaminated items. Thus consumers are encouraged to check and double check any of the products to see if they are on the egg recall list.