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article imageHalf a billion eggs recalled because of salmonella in US

By Lynn Curwin     Aug 20, 2010 in Health
Half a billion eggs have now been recalled in the US because of an outbreak of salmonella. No deaths have yet been reported but there have been many cases of illness from salmonella poisoning.
The recall involves two Iowa farms- Hillendale Farms and Wright County Egg.
Hillendale announced, on Friday, that it was recalling 170 million eggs after tests confirmed salmonella. Earlier this week, 380 million eggs from Wright County had been recalled.
BBC News reported that a Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman said the salmonella strains from both farms are the same.
There were about 2,000 salmonella cases reported between May and July, which the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said is about 1,300 more than usual. They have also warned that the number may increase, but not all cases could be linked to eggs.
Cornell University microbiology professor Patrick McDonough said the outbreak could have been caused by rodents, contaminated hens, or tainted feed.
Hillandale Farms distributes eggs under the names Sunny Farms, Sunny Meadow, Wholesome Farms, West Creek, and Hillandale Farms.
Wright County Egg eggs are sold under the names Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph's, Boomsma's, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemp.
Salmonella is most dangerous for people with compromised immune systems. The bacteria can be killed through cooking, but authorities recommend discarding or returning any potentially affected eggs.
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