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What do consumers need to know about the recall of shell eggs?

An outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) that has sickened hundreds of people across the country has led to a recall of shell eggs. On August 13, Wright County Egg voluntarily conducted a nationwide recall of shell eggs on 3 of its 5 farms. Here are some important questions & answers for consumers.

  • Did you know that you should discard eggs if you cannot determine their source?
    If you removed your eggs from the carton before refrigerating them and cannot tell if they were recalled, you should not eat them. You should throw them away immediately or return them to the store.
  • Do you know how to determine which eggs are affected by the recall?
    There is a Shell Eggs Recall Products List that provides information on the most current egg brands that have been recalled. FDA also provides instructions on how to determine what eggs are affected by the numbers at the end of the egg carton. It is important to note that both the plant number and Julian date must match. If the Julian date does not match the affected plant number, then your eggs are not currently involved in this recall.
  • Did you know that cooking recalled eggs is not safe?
    Please do not cook recalled eggs. FDA strongly advises against handling and consuming recalled eggs. You should discard them or return them to the store.


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