The latest product recall involving salmonella found in eggs has reached more than half a billion.
Earlier this week, Iowa’s Wright County Egg announced the recall of about 380 million eggs after reports of salmonella related illnesses were discovered.
Then just today, Iowa’s Hillandale Farms also announced its own recall of about 170 million eggs after lab tests confirmed the presence of salmonella.
This pushed the number of recalled eggs to more than 550 million.
So far, more than a thousand people have already gone ill due to the salmonella outbreak and the numbers are expected to grow.
According to the FDA, the two product recalls are related as tests show that the salmonella strain from the eggs from both farms is the same.
The strain, which was identified as salmonella enteriditis, is responsible for the food poisoning incidents related to the recalled eggs.
The recalled eggs from Wright County Eggs were packaged under the names Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemp.
These eggs were distributed in the states of California, Colorado, Minnesota, Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Oklahoma, Oregon, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.
The recalled eggs from Hillandale farms, meanwhile, were packaged under the names Hillandale Farms, Sunny Farms, Sunny Meadow, Wholesome Farms and West Creek.
These eggs were distributed in the states of Arkansas, California, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin.
The most common symptoms of salmonella poisoning includes diarrhea, stomach cramps and fever within the day you ate the egg up to 1 week.
If you have any of the symptoms, go to the nearest hospital immediately as salmonella poisoning can be life-threatening, especially for those with weak immune systems.
The FDA asks consumers to dispose of the affected eggs.
Although cooking it thoroughly can kill the bacteria, consumers are advised not to risk it.