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WARNING: Eggs Linked to Salmonella Outbreak in 3 States

Oct 05, 2016 05:19 AM EDT
A multi-state salmonella outbreak currently rampant in Kansas, Missouri and Illinois has been traced back to eggs distributed by Good Earth Egg Co. LLC from Missouri.
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Health officials is linking the recent outbreak of salmonella in three different states to shell eggs that came from the Missouri-based cage-free egg producer Good Earth Egg Co. LLC.

After the Food and Drugs Administration traced back the salmonella outbreak to Good Earth Egg, the company quickly issued a voluntary recall of their products to prevent further spread of the disease.

Recalled products include various sized of shell eggs packaged in 6-count cartons, 10-count cartons, 12-count cartons, 18-count cartons, 15 dozen cases, and 30 dozen cases. The dates and codes on the cartons and cases will include everything prior to and including date code 006 - Sell By 02/05/2016, under the brand name Good Earth Egg Company, license number D-01124.

"We are taking these steps because consumer safety is our top priority. As a third-generation family operated farm, we are solely focused on providing fresh, quality, healthy eggs to local consumers," Good Earth Company wrote in their recall announcement. "Although no Good Earth Egg Company eggs have tested positive for Salmonella, we feel strongly that issuing a voluntary recall is the right thing to do. Good Earth Egg Company is working closely with the FDA to determine the root cause of the potential contamination."

According to the report from CBS News, there are eight people in Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois who tested positive for a strain of Salmonella Oranienburg, which can be traced back to the eggs. Out of those, two needed immediate hospital care.

Due to potential salmonella contamination in their shell eggs, Good Earth Egg Company is recommending consumers to avoid eating egg products included in the recall list and quickly dispose the eggs.

Additionally, the company is also notifying restaurants and retailers and advising them to pull the eggs from their shelves. The recalled products were distributed throughout the Midwest, including Missouri and Illinois and sold at Dierbergs, Shop n' Save, Straubs, Midtowne Market and Price Chopper in the metropolitan St. Louis area.

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