More than half a billion eggs recalled
Largest ever recall after salmonella outbreak
More eggs are set to be recalled in the wake of salmonella poisoning across the United States. More than half a billion eggs have already been recalled, in what the Food and Drug Administration calls "largest such egg recall in recent history." FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg says the task at hand will be daunting. We have a very complicated network of food distribution in this country," Hamburg said. "You start with a couple of farms in Iowa and you can get nationwide exposure."
To minimize the threat posed by salmonella, avoid foodstuffs that use raw eggs.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The FDA has linked the eggs to an outbreak of salmonella to two Iowa egg farms that has sickened hundreds of people nationwide. "We're continuing to investigate to make sure that we fully understand the source of the contamination," Hamburg said.
Hamburg did say the companies involved in the recall fell below safety standards at their farms. "There's no question these farms involved in the recall was not operating with the standards of practice we consider responsible," Hamburg says.
"About 1,000" people have been sickened by the salmonella outbreak that federal regulators have traced back to the two Iowa egg producers.
A Minnesota family described their ordeal with salmonella to CNN. "Everybody had diarrhea. That was kind of the first thing, and then headaches and then throwing up and then it were body aches. I couldn't even move. I mean it was like in your joints it hurt so bad. It was worse than any flu I've ever had."
Hillandale Farms, one of the largest U.S. producers, said in a statement over the weekend that it is "devastated" by the possible connection between its product and salmonella.
"We are devastated that our eggs have been implicated in making people sick," the statement said. "We have never had a product recall in our 45-year history, and it flies in the face of our mission to provide wholesome, nutritious food for the American public. We regret that anyone might have become ill, and the concern and disruption this has caused our customers."
A helpful hint to help the general public avoid contracting salmonella is to avoid eating any foodstuff that includes raw eggs. These include cake batter, cookie dough, some ice creams, steak tartare, Caesar dressing, Bearnaise sauce, Hollandaise, homemade mayonnaise, aioli, eggnog, mousse, egg white cocktails like a Ramos Gin Fizz, Tiramisu and meringue.
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