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Well, so much for Salmonella free organic eggs

Salmonella Eggs.jpgThe Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) are investigating illnesses in at least six people in Minnesota that are connected with a recall of organic shell eggs due to contamination with Salmonella Enteritidis. The contamined eggs were traced back by the MDA to Larry Schultz Organic Farm of Owatonna, where environmental testing confirmed the presence of Salmonella Enteritidis. Larry Schultz Organic Farm is cooperating with the MDA investigation and has issued a voluntary recall of the products.

Routine reportable disease monitoring by state health officials identified six cases of Salmonella Enteritidis infection with the same DNA fingerprint. The individuals became ill between August 12 and September 24. The illnesses occurred in both children and adults, and all are residents of the seven-county metropolitan area. Three of the cases were hospitalized but have since recovered. Five of the six cases have reported eating eggs from the Larry Schultz Organic Farm purchased at grocery stores or co-ops.

Eggs affected by this recall were distributed to restaurants, grocery stores, food wholesalers and foodservice companies in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Eggs from Larry Schultz Organic Farm are packaged under the following brand names: Lunds & Byerlys Organic, Kowalski’s Organic, and Larry Schultz Organic Farm. Eggs are packed in bulk and varying sizes of cartons (6-egg cartons, dozen egg cartons, 18-egg cartons). Full product descriptions and a list of grocery stores where these products were sold can be found at www.mda.state.mn.us. Cartons bearing Plant Number 0630 or a “Sell by” date are not included in this recall.

  • John Munsell

    I continue to be amazed at the ability of local and state health authorities to trace Salmonella outbreaks back to the SOURCE of contamination! Truthfully, this befuddles me.
    The article above states that eggs affected by this recall were distributed to restaurants, grovery stores, food wholesalers and foodservice companies. When USDA/FSIS discovers contaminated meat out in commerce, the agency is fully placated by commencing and finishing investigations at the downstream DESTINATION of previously-contaminated food, ardently avoiding tracebacks to the SOURCE. Perhaps we could replace all FSIS bureaucrats with local and state health authorities, whose traceback successes reveal systemic failures in FSIS motives, which is to insulate the source meat slaughter plants from accountability.
    Americans, how many more meat-related outbreaks and recalls will be required before we rise up and tell USDA it must recommence INSPECTING the largest slaughter behemoths in the history of this country? Secondly, let’s send these Minnesota health officials to DC, to give a crash course to USDA/FSIS in how to successfully conduct outbreak/traceback epidemiology.
    John Munsell

  • Sam

    Bill,
    Have you tested your henhouse recently?

  • Please let me live in ignorance.

  • Sam

    Will do, you have earned the right!