Everything You Need To Know About Salmonella
580 million eggs have been recalled all over the U.S. so far, and the numbers might continue to increase. Salmonella is the culprit, and a farm in Iowa seems to be the source.
Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms, Trafficanda Egg Ranch issued a voluntary egg recall on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website because the eggs were associated with a salmonella outbreak. Millions of shell eggs in medium, large, extra large, and jumbo cartons have been recalled. After the jump, learn all about salmonella.
Which eggs have been recalled? – The Aug. 13 recall covers eggs from Wright County Egg in Iowa packaged under the brand names Lucerne (Safeway’s store brand), Albertsons, Mountain Dairy, Ralphs, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farm and Kemps. The eggs come in 6-18-egg cartons and other packaging stamped with so-called Julian or packing dates from 136 to 225 (May 16 to Aug. 13). The cartons come from plant Nos. 1026, 1413 or 1946.
The second recall includes eggs from Wright County Egg packaged under the brand names Albertsons, Farm Fresh, James Farms, Glenview, Mountain Dairy, Ralphs, Boomsma’s, Lund, Kemps and Pacific Coast. The egg cartons are stamped with Julian dates 136 to 229 (May 16 to Aug. 17) and plant Nos. 1720 or 1942.
So what is salmonella? - Bacteria that is responsible for many illnesses in humans. Salmonella can be a cause of food poisoning and typhoid fever. The “bad” type of salmonella is usually contracted by touching raw meat, raw eggs, raw shellfish or unpasteurized animal products such as milk and cheese.
How do eggs become infected with salmonella? – Salmonella enteritidis can infect the ovaries of healthy hens and contaminate the eggs before the shells are formed.
Symptoms of salmonella in a human include: fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea beginning 12 to 72 hours after consuming a contaminated food or beverage. The sickness usually lasts 4-7 days. Most people recover with any medicinal treatment, but some cases may be very serious and actually require hospitalization.
Over 1,000 people in 10 different states have gotten sick from the salmonella eggs. But there are a few ways that you can help prevent yourself from falling ill.
- Keep eggs refrigerated
- Discard cracked or dirty eggs
- Avoid eating raw eggs
- Wash hands, cooking utensils and food preparation surfaces with soap and water after contact with raw eggs
- Consumers should cook eggs until both the whites and the yokes are firm. Consumption of raw or undercooked eggs should be avoided.
- Leftovers containing eggs should be promptly as soon as possible
- Avoid restaurant dishes made with raw or undercooked, unpasteurized eggs
According to Recipe4Living, eating eggs has many visible results. Lutein and zeaxanthin are carotenoids that are found in the lens of the eye. These help protect the eye from harmful UV rays, as well as diseases such as macular degeneration. Eggs contain a great deal of these carotenoids, as well. By eating eggs, you are actually protecting your eyes from diseases and harmful natural elements. In one study, people who ate eggs regularly were even less likely to develop cataracts.
- Eating eggs can reduce women’s risk of breast cancer
- Eggs contain vitamin D, which promotes bone health
- The vitamins, minerals, and sulfur in eggs promote healthy hair and nails
- Eggs contain all 9 essential amino acids
The bottom line? Steer clear of raw eggs, now and always. Eat healthy egg recipes, where they are fully cooked.
Here are a few examples:
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