A large outbreak of salmonella illnesses linked to shell eggs has prompted a nationwide recall of 13 brands of eggs produced by Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa.
It’s estimated the total eggs recalled to be around 228 million eggs and a multi state investigation has been launched.
So far, clusters of illnesses linked to eggs have been confirmed in at least three states, California, Colorado and Minnesota, federal health officials said Tuesday.
In California, tainted eggs have sickened at least 266 people, Los Angeles County health officer Dr. Jonathan Fielding told reporters Tuesday.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is looking into a four-fold spike in reported cases of salmonella enteritidis with a particular genetic fingerprint in late June and early July, said Lola Russell, a CDC spokeswoman. In addition, many states have reported increases in the specific pattern since May. That could indicate hundreds of illnesses tied to the outbreak, Russell said.
On Friday, officials with Wright County Egg, issued a national recall for 13 brands of eggs with particular date stamps because they had the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. The eggs were packed between May 16 and August 13. The Egg Safety Center says recalled eggs are in cartons with a three-digit code ranging from 136 to 225 and plant numbers P-1026, P-1413, and P-1946. The numbers are on one end of the egg carton. Consumers are encouraged to return the eggs in their original packaging to where they were purchased for a full refund.
EGG RECALL LIST
Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps.
Consumers with questions should visit: http://www.eggsafety.org or contact the Egg Safety Media Hot-line 404-367-2761