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Egg Recall Expands To 380 Million Eggs, Salmonella Outbreak Blamed

An Iowa egg producer announced its voluntary recall of 288 million eggs from eight states due to a spike in reported Salmonella outbreaks.

An Iowa egg producer announced a voluntary recall of 288 million eggs affecting eight states due to a spike in reported Salmonella cases.

The Centers for Disease Control traced the salmonella outbreaks to Wright County Egg in Galt, Iowa. The CDC said it received four times the normal number of Salmonella reports during the months of June and July.

At least 270 people have fallen ill from consuming contaminated eggs.

The eight states affected by the recall are California, Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.

The eggs in question are distributed under the brand names: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps.

Iowa is the top egg-producing state in the country.

Update (8/19): The recall has expanded to 380 Million Eggs and more details are emerging about the company behind the recall. The NY Times reports:

Wright County Egg, of Galt, Iowa, is owned by Jack DeCoster, who has had run-ins with regulators over poor or unsafe working conditions, environmental violations, the harassment of workers and the hiring of illegal immigrants.

Bye-Bye Battery Cages

Also in egg news: Ohio, the second largest egg-producing state, has passed an agreement that will make many chickens very clucking happy.

Advocates gathered enough signatures to put a moratorium on battery cages for chickens and a fazing-out of other such extreme confining structures over the next seven to 15 years.

Governor Ted Strickland brokered the deal to allegedly avoid a messy referendum on the issue in the November elections.

Read More:

  • Salmonella in eggs sickens 7 in Minn. (Minnesota Public Radio)
  • Salmonella Enteritidis Outbreak in Shell Eggs (FDA)
  • Factory farm accord means change ahead (United Press)
  • Egg Recall Expanded After Salmonella Outbreak (NY Times)
Megan Meyer

Megan Meyer was in the company of foodies for most of her formative years. She spent all of her teens working at her town's natural food co-op in South Dakota, and later when she moved to Minneapolis, worked as a produce maven for the nation's longest running collectively-managed food co-op. In 2006, she had the distinct pleasure (and pain) of participating the vendanges, or grape harvest, in the Beaujolais terroire of France, where she developed her compulsion to snip off grape clusters wherever they may hang. In the spring of 2008, Megan interned on NPR's Science Desk in Washington, D.C., where she aided in the coverage of science, health and food policy stories. She joined Indiana Public Media in June, 2009.

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