More Eggs Recalled; Is Your Omelet Safe This Weekend?

Julie Ryan Evans
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omeletteMore egg brands were recalled Friday, bringing the total number recalled due to salmonella concerns to more than half a billion eggs.

Hillandale Farms of Iowa is the latest producer to recall its eggs -- more than 170 million that were distributed to 14  states, according to a press release from the company. The were sold under the names Hillandale Farms, Sunny Farms and Sunny Meadow and were distributed in Arkansas, California, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin.

Only those with plant number P1860 and date codes ranging from 099 to 230, or plant number P1663 and date codes ranging from 137 to 230 are affected.

Combined with other announcements earlier this week, the current recall is "one of the largest in recent history," Sherri McGarry of the Food and Drug Administration told CNN. She also said it was preventable had new rules announced by the FDA on July 9 been in place.

"The outbreak could have been prevented." McGarry said. "The egg safety rule is in a phase-in approach, but there are measures that would have been in place that could have prevented this if it [had] been placed earlier than in July."

A little too late for those who have been sickened by the eggs, but good news going forward I guess.

Not all eggs are affected, so if you're craving an omelet this weekend, you can check the list at the Egg Safety Center's website and avoid those or just buy the right kind of eggs.

But personally, I'm going to stick to bagels for awhile.

Have any of your eggs been affected? Is the recall scaring you away from all eggs?


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