As many people expected, the egg recall continues to expand. In addition to more egg brands from the initial 380 million egg recall from Wright County Eggs, experts have found that Hillandale Farms in Iowa may be an additional source of contaminated eggs. This puts the total number of eggs that may be contaminated with Salmonella at 550 million eggs.
Recalled egg brands from the Hillandale Farms egg recall include Hillandale Farms, Sunny Farms, Sunny Meadow, West Creek, and Wholesome Farms. Recalled egg cartons and cases can be identified by their plant number and Julian dates, which include P-1860 099 to 230 and P-1663 137 to 230.
And still more recalled eggs that were produced by Wright County Egg include Alta Dena Dairy, Driftwood Dairy, Hidden Villa Ranch, and Challenge Dairy eggs in CRF 20 and 30 egg overwrap units and Loose 15 dozen units with plant codes P-1026, P-1413, and P-1946 and Julian code dates of 209 to 224. These recalled eggs were sold in California and Nevada, but do not include retail carton eggs.
If you don't save your egg cartons and don't know the plant number and Julian date of the eggs in your refrigerator, you should likely check to see if any recalled eggs have been sold at the store where you purchased your eggs. If they have, then discard your eggs, since they be on the egg recall list.
Many parents are likely wondering whether or not the egg recall is going to continue to expand. Your eggs may not be on the egg recall list now, but will they tomorrow or next week? So that your kids don't get sick from Salmonella in eggs, it can help to:
- avoid eggs that are on the egg recall list
- only buy eggs with a USDA grade shield on the label (US Grade AA, A, etc.)
- store eggs in their original carton and use them within 3 weeks
- throw away cracked eggs
- keep eggs and foods prepared with eggs refrigerated at ≤ 45° F
- cook eggs thoroughly and don't let your kids eat raw or undercooked eggs
- wash your hands, utensils, and kitchen surfaces after handling eggs so that you don't cross-contaminate other foods with Salmonella that may be on your eggs
- seek medical attention if your child develops any Salmonella symptoms
- consider using pasteurized shell eggs if your child has a weakened immune system or is otherwise at higher risk for a serious Salmonella infection until the egg recall is fully resolved