Good Earth Egg Company Recalls Shell Eggs Due to Possible Health Risk

the eggs may be contaminated with salmonella

Good Earth Egg Company Recalls Shell Eggs Due to Possible Health Risk
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October 4, 2016

Good Earth Egg Company has announced a voluntary recall of its shell eggs because they have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella.

Various sizes of the affected shell eggs are packaged in the following ways: six-count cartons, 10-count cartons, 12-count cartons, 18-count cartons, 15-dozen cases, and 30-dozen cases.

The dates and codes on the cartons and cases will include everything prior to and including date code 252 – Sell By 10/08/2016. Packed for or Produced for Good Earth Egg Company is printed on the cartons and cases.

The Good Earth Egg Company recalled products were distributed throughout the Midwest, including Missouri, Illinois and Kansas, at the retail and wholesale level, institutions, restaurants and to walk-in customers.

Good Earth eggs were sold at Dierbergs, Straubs, Midtowne Market, and Price Chopper in the metropolitan St. Louis, MO area.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has notified Good Earth Egg that a link has been established between eggs distributed by the company to cases of salmonella oranienburg illness in Missouri and surrounding states.

Eight people infected with the outbreak strain of salmonella oranienburg have been reported from Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois.

Six of the eight infected were interviewed and all six reported eating or possibly consuming shell eggs in the week before the illness started, either at home or in a restaurant.

Federal, state, and local health and regulatory officials performed a traceback investigation from one restaurant location in Missouri where three ill people reported eating eggs. This investigation indicated that Good Earth Egg Company supplied eggs to that restaurant.

The strain of salmonella oranienburg in this outbreak is genetically related to a salmonella oranienburg strain from a 2015 outbreak also linked to Good Earth Egg where 52 people were infected across six states, which lead to a similar recall.

Salmonella is an organism which 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, infection can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Consumers do not need to return the product to the store where it was purchased. Instead, consumers should discard any product and its container.

Good Earth Egg Company will work directly with each consumer to manage replacement of its product.

Consumers with any questions regarding this recall can contact Good Earth Egg Company at goodeartheggco@hotmail.com.