No cases confirmed in Wyoming yet
August 26, 2010
There have been recent national news reports about egg recalls and a large salmonella outbreak. Some potentially affected eggs have been sold in Wyoming. However, at this time, no laboratory-confirmed salmonella cases associated with this large outbreak have been reported in the state to the Wyoming Department of Health.
What is the size and scope of the recall (Updated Thursday, August 26, 2010)?
The recent Wright County Egg in Iowa and Hillandale Farms of Iowa, Inc. voluntary recalls of shell eggs are considered nationwide recalls. Shell eggs from Wright County Egg were sold to distributors and wholesalers in 22 states and Mexico, who then distributed the shell eggs further throughout the country. According to Wright County Egg, 380 million of their shell eggs are being recalled under many different brand names. Shell eggs under recall by Hillandale Farms of Iowa, Inc. were sold to grocery stores, distributors, and wholesalers in 14 states; these entities then distributed the shell eggs further throughout the country.
Below is the media release from Hillandale Farms of Iowa about the voluntary recall issued on Friday, August 20th:
Hillandale Farms of Iowa conducts nationwide Voluntary Recall of Shell Eggs Because of Possible Health Risk
Egg Safety Media Hotline
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 20, 2010 – Hillandale Farms of Iowa is voluntarily recalling shell eggs because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis, or arthritis.
Eggs affected by this recall were distributed to grocery distribution centers, retail grocery stores and foodservice companies which service or are located in fourteen states, including the following: Arkansas, California, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin.
There have been laboratory-confirmed Salmonella enteritidis illnesses associated with the shell eggs; the investigation is ongoing.
Eggs are distributed under the following brand names: Hillandale Farms, Sunny Farms, and Sunny Meadow in 6-egg cartons, dozen-egg cartons, 18-egg cartons, 30-egg package, and 5-dozen cases. Loose eggs are packaged under the following brand names: Wholesome Farms and West Creek in 15 and 30-dozen tray packs. The loose eggs may also be repackaged by customers.
The only eggs effected by this recall have plant numbers P1860 or P1663 and Julian dates as follows:
• P1860 – Julian dates ranging from 099 to 230
• P1663 – Julian dates ranging from 137 to 230
Only eggs with these plant numbers are affected - even though the brand name may be the same Julian dates and plant codes can be found stamped on the end of the egg carton or printed on the case label. The plant number begins with the letter P and then the number. The Julian date follows the plant number, for example: P1860 230.
Consumers who believe they may have purchased these shell eggs should not eat them but should return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund. Consumers with questions should contact Hillandale Farms at (866) 262-4208.
Hillandale Farms strives to provide our customers with safe, high-quality eggs – that is our responsibility and our commitment and why we are fully cooperating with FDA's investigation and are undertaking this voluntary recall. Additionally, as a precautionary measure, we are also diverting our existing inventory of shell eggs.
This FDA Recall notice can be found at: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm223452.htm
Investigation Update: Multistate Outbreak of Human Salmonella Enteritidis Infections Associated with Shell Eggs Centers for Disease Control and Infection (CDC
How can I tell if my eggs have been recalled? US Food & Drug Administration
Investigation info US Food & Drug Administration
Wyoming Department of Health