A nationwide egg recall for 380 million eggs. The Food and Drug Administration says the recall is due a Salmonella outbreak. The FDA has traced the source of illness to an egg farm in Iowa.
The farm at the source is Wright County Farms. There has reports of salmonella throughout the country by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention which receive reports from state health departments across the country including California with 266 infections, Colorado with 26 cases,Minnesota with seven. Other states reporting Salmonella Illinois,Arizona, Nevada; North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin.
Dr. Christopher Braden an Epidemiologist with CDC says 2000 infections were reported between May and July. Normally, there would be 1300 cases at time of the year.
“I would anticipate that we will be seeing more illnesses reported likely as a result of this outbreak,” said Braden.
This outbreak could have been prevented if the FDA implement the new rules set in place by the Clinton Administration. The new rules was just in use in July the number or cases would be reduced by 60%.
“There are preventive measures that would have been in place that could have prevented this,” said Sherri McGarry of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
She and other officials declined to say what specific measures would have prevented this particular outbreak, citing an ongoing FDA investigation.
Wright County Eggs distributes and package eggs under trade names including Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemp.
Jack De Boer, owner of Wright County Eggs has been in trouble with FDA before:
has been cited for numerous health, safety and employment violations in the past. In 1997, DeCoster Egg Farms agreed to pay $2 million in fines to settle citations brought in 1996 for health and safety violations at DeCoster’s farm in Turner, Maine.
Wright County Egg is already facing at least two lawsuits related to the recall. One is from food distributor Dutch Farms, which says the company used unauthorized cartons to package and sell eggs under its brand name without its knowledge. The other is from a person who said they became ill after eating tainted eggs in a salad at a restaurant in Kenosha, Wis.