Will you still eat eggs after salmonella outbreak?

An Iowa company has recalled 380 million eggs after hundreds of people got sick from a salmonella outbreak.

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Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

The recall initially affected four states, but it has been expanded to 17, including Georgia.

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.

Although thoroughly cooking eggs can kill the bacteria, health officials are recommending people throw away or return recalled eggs.

After the scare, will you still eat eggs? Will you use them in recipes? Do you feel safer eating eggs ordered at a restaurant?

133 comments Add your comment

wingsun

August 19th, 2010
2:37 pm

somedays ago some organic eggs were recalled too. so organic is not bulletproof.

LeeInOceanside

August 19th, 2010
2:39 pm

Washington is a bigger infection then eggs. Why doesn’t someone recall them . They are likely to hurt far more people then some eggs.

jeff

August 19th, 2010
2:56 pm

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JN

August 19th, 2010
3:02 pm

Of course I will still eat eggs. But, I don’t buy from factory farms, ever, for any of my food. I buy local and yes, certified organic whenever possible. People that say there is no difference really should do their actually research on the matter and not just ‘drink the koolaid’ when it comes to what the ‘industry’ is telling you. If you grow food in an unsafe environment, the food is going to have a higher chance of being unsafe, that’s just the logical outcome. Cramming all those chickens into tiny little cages that are disgusting and filthy is of course going to produce issues. Which would you eat, a tomato grown in a radioactive field of human sewage or one grown in a piece of land that has rich organic soil filled with the nutrients required for growth naturally occurring in the soil and watered with clean water?

deb

August 19th, 2010
3:09 pm

Cluck, I don’t just love chickens, I love all animals, and I have empathy for the conditions in which they are raised. If they must sacrifice their lives for humans, they can at least be as happy as possible while they are doing it. BTW, I am not a veg, I eat chicken and a little meat, but I will only buy Certified Humane.

Crazy

August 19th, 2010
3:13 pm

I have four letters for you. P.E.T.A. = People Eating Tasty Animals. Ok now that I got that out of my system here is a new concept; COOK THE EGGS THOROUGHLY. About 95% of food related illnesses are because we do not follow proper prepping and cooking times and temperatures in our own home. We are all too busy to take the time to do it the right way. The way I see it is that if you did not follow proper food handling and cooking your food the right amount of time and temp then you deserve to get sick.

fred

August 19th, 2010
3:15 pm

i like turtles

Crazy

August 19th, 2010
3:16 pm

Oh yes I forgot to mention that we are at the top of the food chain. You dont see a lion complaining because a zebra has three legs; it doesnt matter what condition the animals are in. THEY ARE FOOD! If you dont like that simple fact; go join a forum that doesnt talk about animals.

MarkD

August 19th, 2010
3:19 pm

I ate the eggs.
Within an hour I was sick as a dog.
I threw up.
I got better.
My wife, too.

margaret

August 19th, 2010
3:26 pm

It is completely stupid to recall these eggs. There is always a risk of eating eggs that are uncooked. They should be fully cooked. If you are making a recipe that calls for uncooked eggs then you should use the egg-beaters type liquid ones or pasturized eggs. People should not be be taught that eggs are usually 100% safe. You have to handle them and cook with them intelligently.

Phranq

August 19th, 2010
3:46 pm

All you Vegans should stop badgering us Earthlings about our eating habits and go home. Vega is 25 million light-years away, so you’d better leave NOW.

Jan Laine

August 19th, 2010
5:01 pm

There are pasteurized eggs in the shell (Davisons), but only some Publix stores keep them in stock. They seem to not sell as well as others because they’re more expensive. I think they’re well worth it, especially as my family likes eggs cooked less than well don. If more people would purchase these, they’d be easier to find, and possibly less expensive.

shaggy

August 19th, 2010
6:11 pm

I liked my dripping, runny, gooey, over-easy eggs so much, I’m going to eat 4 of them in the morning. Don’t mess with my yolks.

Soothsayer

August 19th, 2010
8:05 pm

Good grief! Salmonella is one of the reasons we invented cooking! A total non-issue unless you like to eat raw eggs. (Not very tasty!)

VeggiGood

August 19th, 2010
9:36 pm

This is about handling and detection. Recently we had recalls for Spinach and Tomatoes – for salmonella poisoning. YIKES – I did not hear the vegans scream for eating only meat back then.

I do feel organic and humane are better [just a feeling] but the bacteria creatures know no vegan boundaries.

Oh, and I AM eating eggs – and feeding my kids too! – AND cheese AND meat AND grains AND fish and I can’t raise all of it or afford Whole foods all the time.

eggeater

August 19th, 2010
9:41 pm

Where did apple go?

Winger

August 19th, 2010
10:09 pm

I thought Salmonella was a female fish with a great voice.

VeggiGood

August 19th, 2010
10:31 pm

To the Holier-than-thou vegans:

Please stop with the food proselytism – I’ve yet to hear the non-veg crowd force their food religion on thou. You are not that much better than the rest of us animals.

lisa

August 19th, 2010
10:45 pm

It is true that Salmonella is on the shell, so washing the eggs before cracking will prevent this…also, THE COUNTRY HEN organic eggs, have never had salmonella found on them, ever. I only buy this brand now…..( find them at Whole Foods, and some Publix stores) Ck them out online… BTW, I eat raw egg yolks every day in my am drink, this is as nutritionally close to breast milk as you can get, so beneficial with amino-acids and minerals and biotin…..

Soulfly Supreme

August 20th, 2010
12:15 am

I eat meat, but No chicken fetus. I’m not a baby cow, so milk is out of the question. That stuff is for those who must over compensate for nutrients they can’t get naturally…

shangi

August 20th, 2010
4:42 am

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David S

August 20th, 2010
8:51 am

Big Girl – Wow, that’s the best you can do? How sad! Some of us see suffering and choose a more compasionate path. What a shame that you think that is a bad thing. The world clearly needs more like you – not.

David S

August 20th, 2010
9:07 am

VeggiGood – Not sure what point you are trying to make regarding the Spinach and tomato salmonella contamination, but neither spinach nor tomatos nor any other vegetable or plant has the ability to harbor and grow these bacteria. They are also not a parasite of plants. They get on plants because of animal factory farms and the massive amount of waste they generate. E-coli and salmonella live in animals and come out in their waste. When you have hundrends and thousands of tons of waste that wash off fields and such into streams and onto the property of farmers, you have the potential for those bacteria to end up on plants. Since plants are generally not cleaned as though they are covered in waste material, the potential for human consumption of live bacteria is there.

Yes, this kind of contamination only further supports both a vegan lifestyle for ALL, or at the minimum, the protection of property rights and the demand that factory farms treat their waste in the same manner that human waste is treated before disposal. The fact that everyone feels the need to make animal products the primary component of their diets is directly responisble for the rise of enormous factory farms. There is simply no other way to meet these overwhelming demands for product. If everyone cut back even 25% we would see a great improvement in overall food safety for everyone.

Eggeater

August 20th, 2010
9:31 am

I do eat eggs – but only from Cage free chickens. I believe animals (chickens, cows, pigs etc) should live as animals – not in tiny cages or stalls just to make it more profitable. I’m willing to pay the price for cage free chickens, grass fed beef etc.

FOOD, Inc.

August 20th, 2010
10:06 am

This recall should be of no surprise and we should expect more of the same. Watch the documentary, Food, Inc. The film examines corporate farming in the United States, concluding that agribusiness produces food that is unhealthy in a way that is abusive of animals and environmentally-harmful.

The small farmer has been replaced by four major food providers, Monsanto Company, Tyson Foods, Smithfield Foods and Perdue Farms. The whole system is made possible by government subsidies to a few huge crops like corn. It’s a form of socialism that’s making us sick.

veganzombie

August 20th, 2010
2:17 pm

Lookit all them smart people with there smart words, bet ya’ll have a purty mouth too. ya’ll can cry bout what them eggs and cows and chickens, but yer all full of it cause Jesas he was a great cook and he can fry up some rabbit or posum meat and its good.

Educated Poultry Man

August 20th, 2010
2:36 pm

Just to add to the post about organic raised chickens which will produce an organic egg.
Organic has very little to do about bacteria on or inside eggs.
Most bacteria laden eggs come from chickens either walking in their feces or from rodents or other animals carrying the bacteria and eventually infecting the chicken.
Most people think organic means an egg that has no bacteria connected to it. This is far from the truth. Organic means feeding the animal with organic grown feed and utilizing no antibiotics in the feed or water.
Organic chickens that run around on the ground in their own, other chickens, or other animal feces may actually be MORE susceptible to acquiring bacteria. Actual chickens that are raising above the ground that have no contact with the ground, other animal feces, or other animals have a better chance of being bacteria free. Most chicken farms do not use antibiotics regularly and the updated chicken farms actually vaccinate for salmonella.
People who think cage free chickens produce bacteria free eggs are misguided and far from the truth-remember cage free chickens run around in their own and other animals feces all day long including sleeping on the ground where other animals defecate. Not very sanitary at all. And with cage free eggs chickens will lay eggs on the ground that has all this feces on it. Yes the egg can be washed on the outside but it is the inside that can get bacteria from what the chicken eats and with cage free chickens the chickens are always picking things from the ground to eat. If you don’t believe go to a cage free operation and observe for yourself the behavior of chickens.
This recall is only one large chicken facility that packs for several different companies. I would bet at this facility the chicken manure stays in the barns till the chickens are moved out of the facility instead of the manure dropping on a belt and being removed every day or every other day to reduce potential contamination. With the chicken manure staying in the building the potential with rodent carrying bacteria is much higher also many chicken facilities are closed in and practice biosecurity
so no rodents can get inside the building. Cage free is not the answer to eliminating bacteria as it can actually increase the potential of bacteria because of the way the chicken is living. And yes many people will pay the added cost for cage free eggs but many people in the U.S. cannot afford the added cost to their food budget. Cage free is not disease free. Cage free is more of a person’s social stand than a stand on disease, bacteria, and protein content of the egg.
Now the practical side, just cook the egg-scrambled, over hard (instead of over medium), etc. etc.
Salmonella is everywhere in nature, and is hard to avoid wash your fruits and vegetables and yes even organic grown vegetable as they can touch the ground where bacteria is.
From what I understand this egg facility is sending all their eggs now to a liquid processing plant (called a breaker) where the liquid will be pasteurized and go out as liquid eggs used at most restaurants, baking facilities and fast food breakfast places.
Please get your information from a state university or other independent sources before you start making claims about products. If we all went vegetarian in the United States we would not be able to produce enough protein for society to live, it is just a matter of a numbers game as to protein in vegetable and protein needed for the body to live healthy. High protein vegetables can not be grown everywhere plus the volume needed would mean more fertilizer and chemicals would be used to produce the products.
By the way I do not raise chickens but I buy eggs and eat eggs almost everyday-at breakfast, in cakes, in cookies, etc. etc. I plan on continuing to eat eggs from an egg supplier that has a modern non cage free facility which is USDA inspected which many facilities are not USDA inspected because of the cost. It is not the law to be USDA inspected. Many cage free operations are not USDA inspected where an inspector is on site continually when the eggs are being processed and takes random egg samples. Enjoy your eggs!

SNAKEOIL

August 20th, 2010
2:38 pm

When Jesus came down from Mt. Sinai and gave us the 10 Commandments he also spoke of the animals are for us to eat soooooooooo there.

VeggiGood

August 20th, 2010
2:56 pm

If salmonella contamination is your basis for supporting a vegan lifestyle, then you should stop eating ALL foods that get contaminated.

GodforME

August 20th, 2010
2:57 pm

I heard salomella is caused by the chicken poop being mixed in the feeders and the chickens are eating the poop and pooping it back out for other chisckens to eat. gross out man…..I love Jesus

VeggiGood

August 20th, 2010
3:05 pm

LOL GodforME – guess what your plants are eatin…LOL!

GodforME

August 20th, 2010
3:47 pm

Plants eat water and soil and God’s giving light. thats all!!!

VeggiGood

August 20th, 2010
4:18 pm

Wow GodforME – y’all are certainly in need of enlightenment … guess you did not take Biology in school. Y’all should read up – fosho and find out what’s in the soil…esp if you like your food organic.

WOW – LOL

GodforME

August 20th, 2010
4:49 pm

If salmonola is in the eggs then it’s is the will of GOD!!!! only god can make stuff!!! because in the bible jesus was making stuff all the time, and he was planting foods like eggs and milk for all the poor peoples that were called jews. The jews were of the farmers back then in europe when jesus showed them how to catch the fishes in the sea.

VeggiGood

August 20th, 2010
5:02 pm

WOW GodforME – now tell me what you know about Sheeva – yooo sho sound enlitend

VeggiGood

August 20th, 2010
5:04 pm

oh and while you are at it, get some science and stop with the god stuff – this is about eggs – OK.

Shanti OUT

Yum

August 20th, 2010
5:08 pm

I love me some unborn chicken fetus. I ate some eggs last night for dinner. Yes, they are blowing this WAY out of proportion!!! As someone said earlier, uncooked chicken, eggs, uncooked meat, etc is always supposed to be handled properly because it supposedly DOES contain salmonella, ecoli, other bacterias or whatever so this shouldn’t even be news to us!!! Cook and handle your food properly and you should be fine people!! And if you get sick, oh well. Your body should get sick every once in a while anyway to help build up your immune system.

Kelly

August 20th, 2010
5:28 pm

People freak out about a little bacteria that a healthy immune system will easily take care of. The doctors don’t want us to know this. They make their living off our ignorance of natural health.
Bacteria don’t concern me, it’s the immune destroying chemicals used in food production we should be concerned about. I’m not afraid to eat a egg with salmonella on it. Many people DO with no ill effects, thanks to their healthy immune system. I cleaned up my diet and haven’t been ill in years. Eat food that is still alive for God’s sake! Like free-range eggs!
Back in 1968 I read about a study where a group of people spent a week in the field without bathing and then had the bacteria level on their skin measured. It was negligible. After bathing it skyrocketed. Sterility attracts bacteria and the bad ones tend to overpopulate. That’s why Hospitals are so likely to give you an infection. Also recently read that hand sanitizers are worthless.
I guarantee you, someone is making millions of dollars off this recall…at the expense of others.

Kelly

August 20th, 2010
5:50 pm

I wonder why we never hear of people getting sick from eating “cage-free” eggs if they are as dangerous as Educated Poultry Man leads us to believe. His “name” led me to believe he has experience raising chickens, till he later admitted he doesn’t.
By the way there is a big difference in “cage-free” egg production and “free-range”. I don’t fuel my body with the cheapest food I can buy, so I don’t care if my eggs cost over $3 a dozen. The firm, dark orange yolks, and the strong shells speak for themselves. You get what you pay for…
I can’t believe anyone would regard a chicken living free to eat it’s natural diet, is inferior to any type of production scheme. Doesn’t make sense to me. But then I’m am NOT an Educated Poultry Man.

GodforME

August 20th, 2010
6:28 pm

Science is EVIL!!!! vegigood you need to heed the LORD of GOD!!! be saved and all the lords will be with you…. jesus comes soon hooray for jesus and the lords

VeggiGood

August 20th, 2010
8:08 pm

shanti OM shanti

Concerned

August 20th, 2010
11:27 pm

Just washing eggs will not get rid of the simonella. Thoroughly cooking the eggs is not a sure thing either, at least I wouldn’t trust it. If you really have to eat eggs and can’t just stay away from them till you know the eggs you are eating are safe, then just cook the eggs really really well. Why not eat eggs from a local market? Get to know the farmer, what they feed their animals and every detail you can. It is really important what you put into your body. “You are what you eat,” they say and what you put into your mouth effects everything, from fueling your whole body to regulating body temp. Eating food without pesticides, artificial ingredients and changing to 100% organic, pure, and localy grown can change everything. Read the ingredients and if it has things in it that you don’t understand and have no idea what it is chances are you shouldn’t eat it. Some USDA staff work for the big food companys, of course they want to get all the money they can and really don’t care what happens to the people, they sit back in their offices soaking up the money and benifts. We have to really watch out for ourselves and what we eat. It may be more expensive to eat this way but it’s your life and well being that is at stake. Watch “Food Inc.” and you’ll get a little more insight to what I’m saying. Company’s everywhere are hiding things from you that they don’t want you to know, scary things.

shangi

August 20th, 2010
11:35 pm

Eggs are good for you. Eat em up!! Imagine how many perfectly good eggs got tossed out because of all this paranoia. Learn how to cook yer damn eggs and stop being such wussies!

shangi

August 20th, 2010
11:36 pm

Oh and guess what you dumb vegans, alfalfa sprouts get recalled all the time, probably more than eggs.

Clay

August 21st, 2010
8:43 am

Pay the extra $1 per carton for pasteurized eggs
http://www.safeeggs.com/

Lori

August 21st, 2010
9:31 am

I get my eggs from a farm in Canton, GA the hens run free, eat bugs, and normal chicken feed. Freshest and best eggs I have ever had. Money stays here locally. Once a month I pick up 4 dozen and are in heaven!

Angela

August 21st, 2010
9:44 am

RUN! Hide and shelter the children!…………..who cares…….I can’t believe no one is complaining that the GOVERNMENT issued a recall on eggs. How dare they attempt to control you like that!

Go eat your eggs, eat them with or without chemicals, caged or cage free. All will be ok. geeezzz

RE: CLAY

August 21st, 2010
11:07 am

Say NO TO PASTEURIZATION! It kills everything – both good and bad – in your food. Pay the extra $1 on local, pasture raised eggs from a farmer or neighbor. My eggs come from across the street. I will eat them raw with no worries. Why? They haven’t been sitting in a warehouse or on a truck for 6 weeks before they reach the grocery store. Buy local, raw eggs, milk, dairy products and be HEALTHY! I got physically ill shopping at Kroger today b/c of all the chemicals and pesticides in our “food”.

The Doktor

August 21st, 2010
11:08 am

Don’t eat many of them anyway… or consume all that much regarding dairy products, for that matter. Just a personal choice…

George

August 21st, 2010
11:25 am

Ok, let’s all stop eating, there, no more problems….