FRIDAY, Aug. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Another U.S. egg producer
said Friday that it was recalling eggs because they could be
infected with the foodborne bacteria salmonella.
Hillandale Farms of New Hampton, Iowa, said it was voluntarily
recalling 170 million shell eggs produced since April that were
sent to 14 states in the Midwest and West because there have been
laboratory-confirmed cases of
Salmonella enteritidis associated with some of the eggs.
Hillandale said the eggs covered by its recall were distributed
to grocery distribution centers, retail grocery stores and
food-service companies that service or are located in Arkansas,
California, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri,
Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, and
The eggs were distributed under the following brand names:
Hillandale Farms, Sunny Farms, and Sunny Meadow in 6-egg cartons,
dozen-egg cartons, 18-egg cartons, 30-egg packages, and 5-dozen
cases. Loose eggs were packaged under the following brand names:
Wholesome Farms and West Creek in 15 and 30-dozen tray packs,
Hillandale said in a news release.
On Wednesday, Wright County Egg, another Iowa company at the
center of a massive recall of eggs linked to salmonella
contamination, dramatically broadened its nationwide recall to 380
The nationwide salmonella outbreak, which federal officials said
was the largest of its type related to eggs in years, has sickened
more than 250 people in at least four states. Some estimates place
the number of human infections at 1,000 or more. There have been no
Officials could not say Friday what connection, if any, existed
between the Hillandale and Wright County Egg recalls.
"I don't know what's caused this current situation, or what the tie is between the outbreaks in these two farms, but we need to find out," Howard Magwire, a vice president of the national trade group United Egg Producers, told the Los Angeles Times.
The salmonella outbreak, which apparently began in May, appeared
to be ongoing, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) said. The outbreak began several weeks before the July
introduction of new federal safety rules intended to reduce the
risk of salmonella in eggs,
The New York Times reported.
At a news conference Thursday afternoon, federal health
officials said they had received nearly 2,000 reports of salmonella
poisoning from May to July. But the officials couldn't say how many
of these cases were related to the Wright County Egg recall.
However, more cases of salmonella poisoning due to infected eggs
could be expected, said Dr. Christopher R. Braden, acting director
of the CDC's Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental
"I would anticipate that we will be seeing more illnesses reported as a result of this outbreak," he said, citing the lag in time when a person can get sick and then reports of an illness are forwarded to the CDC.
Wright County Egg products were distributed to wholesalers and
food-service companies nationwide under multiple brand names:
Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph's, Boomsma's, Sunshine,
Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms
According to state health officials, the salmonella-contaminated
eggs have sickened at least 266 Californians, 28 people in Colorado
and seven people in Minnesota. Clusters of suspicious cases have
also been reported in Arizona, Illinois, Nevada, North Carolina,
Texas and Wisconsin, the
Associated Press reported.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration had teams on site at
Wright County Egg, spokeswoman Patricia El-Hinnawy said.
In healthy people, salmonella can cause fever, abdominal cramps
and diarrhea and usually lasts four to seven days. However,
contamination can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in
young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened
The FDA advised consumers to:
The FDA also warned consumers not to keep eggs warm or at room
temperature for more than two hours, and not to eat raw eggs or
restaurant dishes made with raw, undercooked or unpasteurized
Eating undercooked eggs should also be avoided, especially by
young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems
or debilitating illness, the agency added.
Harmful bacteria such as salmonella are the most common cause of
foodborne illnesses, according to federal health officials.
To learn more about salmonella, visit the
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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