An outbreak of salmonella in eggs has prompted a nationwide recall and lead to hospitalizations in counties across the U.S., including in California, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Since May, at least 266 people across the state have become ill after eating contaminated eggs. Federal and state public health and agriculture officials led an ongoing investigation that traced a strain of salmonella, Salmonella enteritidis, back to eggs distributed by Wright County Egg in Galt, Iowa.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday that the Iowa distributor had voluntarily recalled the eggs--228 million total--Friday. The recalled brands include Lucerne, Albertsons, Mountain Dairy, Ralph's, Boomsma's, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps. They feature plant numbers 1026, 1413 and 1946. They also include date numbers from 136 to 225, which translate into sell-by dates between May 16 and August 13. The eggs are packed in varying sizes of cartons (6-egg, 12-egg, 18-egg).