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August 20, 2010

Health officials remind Missourians about recommendations for avoiding Salmonella

Residents are urged to take precautions by avoiding food or drinks that contain raw or undercooked eggs

Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa, has issued two recalls in the last week of shell eggs that it shipped since May 19, 2010. These eggs were shipped to food wholesalers, distribution centers and foodservice companies in eight states, including Missouri.

The recalled eggs were packaged under the following brand names: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps. Consumers who bought any of these brands should toss them out or return them to the store where they were purchased.

To date, no cases of Salmonella linked to the eggs have been reported in Missouri. Salmonella is a type of bacteria that can cause an infection in the lining of the small intestine. But the bacteria can be destroyed by thorough cooking.

Therefore, Missouri health officials recommend that consumers thoroughly cook all eggs until more is known about the source of the contamination. Consumers should avoid eating raw eggs and be sure that both the white and yolk of eggs are fully cooked before eating them.

Symptoms of Salmonella infections typically include diarrhea, abdominal pain or cramping, vomiting, fever, headache, chills and muscle pain. The illness can range from mild to severe. 

Symptoms most often appear about 12 to 36 hours after exposure to the bacteria.  The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment. However, patients should seek medical treatment if symptoms are severe or they become dehydrated. The infection can be life-threatening if it spreads beyond the intestines. An estimated 600 people nationwide die each year from Salmonella infections.

Updates on the national investigation into salmonella outbreaks are available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/enteritidis/. The CDC issued the following additional recommendations:

For Consumers

   
For Retail Food Stores and Food Service Establishments

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