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USA Egg Recall

Shelled eggs distributed by Wright County Egg in the United Sates, which are potentially contaminated with salmonella, have not been found in the Cayman Islands, say Department of Environmental Health (DEH) officials.

A recall for shelled eggs was issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) that has sickened hundreds of people in the United States. An FDA investigation revealed Wright County Egg in Iowa as the common egg supplier in these food poisoning cases. The recall was later expanded to include eggs produced from Hillandale Farms in Iowa.

"Food-safety officers checked all supermarkets for shelled eggs distributed by Wright County Eggs, but did not find the product on local shelves", said DEH Director Roydell Carter. "We are committed to ensuring that Cayman's food supply remains safe for public consumption."

The FDA is in ongoing communication with Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms to ensure that appropriate preventive measures are put in place to reduce the risk of recurrence.

Environmental Health Officers from DEH have contacted Cayman's food importers and distributors to inform them of the recall and, to date, no eggs affected by the recall have been found in the Cayman Islands. Officers are monitoring the situation to ensure that affected eggs are not imported, distributed or sold locally.

What Does the Product Look Like?

Shelled eggs sold under at least 40 brand names are affected by the recall. Some of these include: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph's, Boomsma's, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms, Kemps, James Farms, Glenview, Pacific Coast, Hillandale Farms,Sunny Farms and Sunny Meadow.

What are the Symptoms of a Salmonella Infection?

Salmonella is an organism that 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 (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances the organism may get into the bloodstream, producing more severe illnesses such as infected aneurysms, endocarditis, and arthritis.

For further information, please contact DEH at 949-6696.