The Egg Recall is all over the news. I am VERY grateful that I’ve been buying most of the eggs for our family over the past months from a local farmer at our farmer’s market. To be clear – doing this doesn’t guarantee my eggs will be free from salmonella – it just protects you from searching through the recall lists and all the worry that goes with it.
Salmonella is an inherent risk associated with eggs. Just not normally not in the numbers we are seeing at the moment. One thing I know for sure… if my local farmer had a problem with their eggs – the recall numbers could NEVER amount to over a billion eggs!
About Salmonella in Eggs
Salmonella is widely spread in nature – and especially in the intestines of birds. Salmonella doesn’t typically live inside the egg, the normal incidence of salmonella inside the egg is about .005%.
What happens if you eat an egg containing salmonella?
If the egg is has been properly handled, cooked and is served immediately – typically nothing – the bacteria is killed during cooking.
If you get ill from salmonella you get – Salmonellosis.
Symptoms include: abdominal cramps, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, chills, fever and/or headache within 6 to 72 hours after eating. These typically last only a day or two in healthy people but can lead to serious complications for the very young, pregnant women, the elderly, the ill and those with immune system disorders.
Check Your Eggs
Eggs were distributed in Arkansas, California, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin.
Loose eggs were packaged under the brand names Wholesome Farms and West Creek in 15 and 30-dozen tray packs.
The plant numbers and Julian dates affected are:
-P1860 – Julian dates ranging from 099 to 230
-P1663 – Julian dates ranging from 137 to 230
Find these numbers on the side of your packaging.
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