Good Saturday from New Zealand. This just dropped into my inbox from the CDC:
• From May 1 to August 31, 2010, approximately 1,519 illnesses were reported that are likely to be associated with this outbreak.
• FDA identified Salmonella with PFGE patterns indistinguishable from the outbreak strain in egg farm environmental samples.
• Don’t eat recalled eggs. Recalled eggs might still be in grocery stores, restaurants, and consumers’ homes. Consumers who have recalled eggs should discard them or return them to their retailer for a refund. (see searchable database of products affected by the recall is available to consumers).
• FDA is nearing completion of initial investigations at both of these firms in Iowa. The investigations involve sampling, records review and looking for potential sources of contamination, such as feed. FDA’s inspectional observations, in addition to sample results, indicate substantial potential for Salmonella to have persisted in the environment and to have contaminated eggs (see 483 Inspectional Observations on the Egg Recall).
• Individuals who think they might have become ill from eating recalled eggs should consult their health care providers.