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.
- Salmonella Enteritidis Outbreak in Shell Eggs
- Recall of Shell Eggs
- Consumers Check for Recalled Eggs
- Frequently Asked Questions and Answers: FDA’s Investigation into the Salmonella Enteritidis Outbreak Involving the Recall of Shell Eggs
- Does FDA have any other food safety materials?
- Does FDA have a definition for the term "organic" on food labels?
- Did you know that a store can sell food past the expiration date?
- What should I do if I have a serious reaction (side effect) to a dietary supplement?
- What refined Stevia preparations have been evaluated by FDA to be used as a sweetener?
- What is the meaning of 'natural' on the label of food?
- What do consumers need to know about the recall of shell eggs?
- If a food is labeled "organic" according to the USDA, is it still subject to the laws and regulations enforced by FDA?
- Is Stevia an 'FDA approved' sweetener?
- How do I report a complaint about restaurant food?
- How do I report a complaint about food bought in a supermarket?
- FDA Basics Webinar: Food Emergency Response Network (FERN)
- FDA Basics Webinar - Using a Food Label to Make Smart Food Choices
- FDA Basics Video: Michael R. Taylor on Food Safety and Nutrition
- Are foods made with "organic" ingredients safer than those made with ingredients from other sources?
- How do the activities of USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service differ from the activities of FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition?
- Who makes sure the food I buy at the grocery store is safe to eat?
- Does FDA approve the color additives used in food? If so, how does FDA determine their safety?
- How does FDA recommend washing fruits and vegetables?
- How long can I keep my food in the refrigerator/on the shelf?
- Does FDA inspect grocery stores, restaurants, or dollar stores?
- Which foods should I stay away from during pregnancy?
- Has Stevia been approved by FDA to be used as a sweetener?
- Why isn't the amount of caffeine a product contains required on a food label?
- How long can food that is supposed to be refrigerated stay outside of the refrigerator and still be safe to eat?
How helpful was this information?