Nearly 2000 people have received medical treatment from eggs containing Salmonella. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), over 380 million eggs have been recalled.
Complaints surrounding the contaminated eggs have occurred over the past two months. These numbers are up from the usual number of reports regarding salmonella. Although no deaths have been reported, calculations indicate the percentage is equal to about 1300 additional salmonella related illnesses. Health officials are anticipating numbers to continue to climb as more people report.
The outbreak has been traced to eggs produced between May and August by a single firm in Galt, Iowa. Wright County Egg distributed eggs to food wholesalers and distribution centers in California, Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin. Although, they distributed to only these states, these distribution centers distribute nationwide. Originally, the recall was about 228 million eggs. The additional recall adds 32 million cartons of eggs packaged through August 17.
In a statement by the Wright County Egg company eggs were distributed with the following brand names could possibly be contaminated: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps.
Consumers should return affected eggs to the store where they were purchased for a full refund. For more information, consumers can visit the Egg Safety Center online or call Wright County egg’s information line at 866-272-5582 for recall details and instructions.