Wright County Egg released a statement Friday through the US Food and Drug Administration announcing the recall of some of its shell eggs because they may be contaminated with salmonella.
The occurrence of salmonella illness related to the eggs has been confirmed, according to the release.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has linked seven illnesses to the multistate egg recall to date, according to theExaminer.com. Dr Kirk Smith, foodborne illness supervisor with the MDH, estimates that for every confirmed case, there are 38 additional unconfirmed cases.
Eggs affected by this recall are packaged under the brand names Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms, and Kemps, and were distributed to California, Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa.
They are packed in six-egg, dozen egg, and 18-egg cartons with Julian dates between 136 to 225 and plant numbers 1026, 1413 and 1946. These numbers can be found on the egg cartons, with the letter P in the beginning, followed by the plant number and the Julian date. For example, eggs from plant 1026 on Julian day 136 would be numbered P-1026 136.
Consumers who purchased these eggs can return them to their place of purchase for a full refund.
Wright County Egg will pasteurize its existing inventory of shell eggs to kill salmonella.
For more information, consumers can visit www.eggsafety.org .