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Another egg recall issued due to salmonella outbreak

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After Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms, Trafficanda Egg Ranch on Aug 25 announced a voluntary egg recall on the Food and Drug Administration website because the eggs, supplied from Wright County Egg, were associated with a salmonella outbreak.

Trafficanda Egg Ranch is recalling shell eggs in medium, large, x-large, and jumbo cartons with specific Julian dates. The eggs, produced by Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa, are also sold in 5 dozen Medium Over Wrap and 20 Count Over Wrap.

This egg recall affects eggs distributed in grocery and food-service establishments in California.

Egg Safety.org released the egg recall announcement. The following statement was given in the press release to help food consumers to identify the recalled shell eggs:

"Eggs affected by this recall were distributed to grocery stores and foodservice companies in California. The affected eggs were packaged under the Trafficanda Egg Ranch brand names packaged in 12-egg cartons, 20-egg over wrap, and 5 dozen over wrap with the Julian dates ranging from 136 to 229 and plant numbers 1026, 1413, 1720, 1942 and1946. Dates and codes can be found stamped on the end of the egg cartons or the top of the over wrap bag. The plant number begins with the letter P and then the number. The Julian date follows the plant number, for example: P-I946 223."

CNN reported yesterday that egg farms implicated in the salmonella Enteritidis outbreak are now sending eggs suspected to be tainted with this pathogenic bacteria to some facilities to have them pasteurized. In the pasteurization process, the egg shell is broken and the yolk and egg white are subject to a thermal treatment to kill the bacteria.

Both eggs with and without the shell can be pasteurized.   Eggs out of the shell can be sold as a liquid or frozen product, often to restaurants and institutions.  It can be further processed to develop dried eggs.

Whole eggs can be pasteurized in the shell, also. This can be done at a temperature lower than 140 oF, at which temperature egg whites coagulate.

The pasteurized eggs are called raw eggs when used in recipes calling for raw eggs such as Caesar salad, hollandaise or or béarnaise sauces, mayonnaise, egg nog, ice cream, and egg-fortified beverages that are not fully cooked, according to the Food Safety News.

Pasteurized eggs reduce the risk of foodborne illness induced by salmonella. But the process affects the nutrition of eggs, the FSN says on its website operated by William Marler, a Seattle Washington based food safety attorney.

Eggs subject to all the egg recalls have been associated with illnesses.  Detailed information is available on the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Healthy individuals infected with salmonella may experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain. The infection poses a relatively higher risk for young children, frail or elderly people, and others with compromised immune systems, such as cancer patients and patients who have undergone transplants.

The FDA advised food consumers to take the following steps to determine if the eggs they keep in their refrigerators are subject to two major egg recalls:

ucm223602_826779232.jpgExamine Your Eggs

Here’s what you should look for on the carton of eggs in your refrigerator:

Plant numbers — the four-digit plant number can be found on the short side of the carton. The numbers are preceded by the letter P (see graphic).

Julian date — eggs are packaged with the Julian date on the short side of the carton after the plant number (see graphic). The Julian date tells what day of the year the eggs were packaged without the month, so Jan. 1 is 001, and Dec. 31 is 365.

Hillandale Farms egg cartons affected by the recall will have these numbers:

P1860 – Julian dates ranging from 099 to 230

P1663 – Julian dates ranging from 137 to 230

The Wright County Farms eggs that are being recalled are:

P1720 and P1942 – with Julian dates ranging from 136 to 229

P1026, 1413,1946 – with Julian dates ranging from 136 to 225

By David Liu and editing by Rachel Stockton


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