An Iowa egg producer is recalling 228 million eggs after being linked to an outbreak of salmonella poisoning. Colorado is one of the states in which the suspect eggs were distributed.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about 200 cases of the strain of salmonella linked to the eggs were reported weekly during June and July, four times the normal number of such occurrences.
State health officials say tainted eggs have sickened at least 266 Californians and seven in Minnesota. Several illnesses have also been reported in Colorado.
The eggs were distributed around the country and packaged under the names Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemp.
While the Food and Drug Administration is investigating, while the company officials said the FDA is ”on-site to review records and inspect our barns.” The officials said they began the recall Aug. 13.
The most common symptoms of salmonella are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within eight hours to 72 hours of eating a contaminated product. It can be life-threatening, especially to those with weakened immune systems.