OHIO (WOIO) - Federal officials believe they've found the problem that forced a massive egg recall.
Salmonella bacteria was found in chicken feed from both farms involved in the recall.
The crisis meantime is driving up the cost of eggs. Wholesale prices are up 40 percent in the past two weeks and that cost could soon be passed on to shoppers at the grocery store.
Hillandale Farms, in New Hampton, Iowa, released a statement Friday saying that a second plant has now confirmed illnesses from their eggs and that they "have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella."
Eggs affected by this recall were distributed to grocery distribution centers, retail grocery stores and foodservice companies which service or are located in fourteen states, including the following:Arkansas, California, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin.
There have been laboratory-confirmed Salmonella enteritidis illnesses associated with the shell eggs; the investigation is ongoing.
Eggs are distributed under the following brand names: Hillandale Farms, Sunny Farms, and Sunny Meadow in 6-egg cartons, dozen-egg cartons, 18-egg cartons, 30-egg package, and 5-dozen cases. Loose eggs are packaged under the following brand names: Wholesome Farms and West Creek in 15 and 30-dozen tray packs. The loose eggs may also be repackaged by customers.
The only eggs affected by this recall have plant numbers P1860 or P1663 and Julian dates as follows:
P1860 – Julian dates ranging from 099 to 230
P1663 – Julian dates ranging from 137 to 230
Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis, or arthritis.
- Outbreak: Since May 2010, there has been a four-fold increase in the number of cases of Salmonella Enteritidis infections.
- Source: Preliminary investigations by federal and state officials suggest that shell eggs are the likely source of many of these infections.
- Recall: On August 13, 2010, Wright County Egg conducted a nationwide voluntary recall of shell eggs. On August 19, the recall was expanded. For an up-to-date list of brands recalled, including egg carton codes, see the Affected Brands and Descriptions chart.