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Houston Affected by Salmonella Outbreak

Houston and other Texas cities have been affected by a massive shell egg recall sparked by outbreaks of salmonella poisoning across the United States.  Wright County Eggs, an Iowa egg supplier, has confirmed cases of salmonella infection and is working with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  to determine the cause of contamination.  So far, 380 million eggs have been recalled from 17 states including Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas.  Minnesota has confirmed at least seven cases of salmonella poisoning tied to the eggs while California has reported over 250 cases of salmonella since June but has yet to determine which cases are tied to Wright County Eggs, if any.  Many states, including Texas, are experiencing a surge in the usual number of reported salmonella cases.

If you suspect salmonella poisoning, be sure to notify a health care professional.  Symptoms of salmonella poisoning are diarrhea, abdominal cramping, tiredness and fever within eight to 72 hours of infection.  Young children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems are especially at risk.

If you still have eggs affected by the recall, they may be returned in their original packaging to the store where they were purchased for a full refund.  Affected brands are Albertsons, Farm Fresh, James Farms, Glenview, Mountain Dairy, Ralphs, Boomsma, Lund, Kemps and Pacific Coast, marked with a three-digit code ranging from 136 to 229 and plant numbers 1720 and 1942, in addition to Lucerne, Albertsons, Mountain Dairy, Ralph's, Boomsma's, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps brands and marked with codes ranging from 136 to 225 and plant numbers 1026, 1413 and 1946.  They may be packaged in cartons ranging from six to 18 eggs.

Please check frequently for story updates! 

Sources: CNN, Yahoo! News

Photo courtesy of Suat Eman of




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