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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Millions of Eggs Recalled because of Salmonella

A salmonella outbreak has caused Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa to recall at least 380 million eggs from 17 states. People in four states have been confirmed sick and several others are suspected to be ill with it, according to federal health officials.

The tainted eggs were distributed to wholesalers, food service companies, and distribution centers. Reports say that initially there were 19 million dozen egg cartons recalled, but that has since expanded to 32 million dozen egg cartons.

Jump in Salmonella Cases

Although there have been only four salmonella illnesses linked to these eggs, many states have seen an increase in the numbers of people sick with this strain. California has reportedly seen 266 illnesses since June and health officials there believe many of them may be related to the eggs. Colorado saw 28 cases in June and July. Other suspicious spikes in salmonella have been recorded in Arizona, Illinois, Nevada, North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin.

In Wisconsin, all 21 cases of salmonella-related illness have been linked to one restaurant in Kenosha. One of those who became sick has filed a lawsuit against the egg producer and others after getting sick from eating Cobb salad.

The salmonella cluster in North Carolina is linked to a meringue with chocolate chips and banana pudding that sickened as many as 80 people.

The contaminated eggs include the brands Albertsons, Farm Fresh, James Farms, Glenview, Mountain Dairy, Ralphs, Boomsma, Lund, Kemps, and Pacific Coast. Authorities are asking consumers to throw away or return any eggs that may be part of the recall.

If you have questions, you are asked to contact www.eggsafety.org, or contact the Egg Safety Consumer Hotline at 800-272-5582.

If you or a loved one has become sick from eating eggs contaminated with salmonella, please contact the experienced defective product attorneys at the Cochran Firm today. We serve clients nationwide.

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