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

Y. Wills

August 19th, 2010
9:04 am

Someone needs to write an informative article and explain how difficult it is to mismanage eggs to the extent that you have a salmonella incident.

LimRickNews

August 19th, 2010
9:11 am

380 million Eggs are recalled for fear,
Somella may eggsist; its unclear.
With infections eggceeding,
Eggspectations, they’re ceding,
An eggsistential threat may be near.
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Jodi

August 19th, 2010
9:16 am

chicken

August 19th, 2010
9:29 am

Going “organic” means nothing in this sense and is foolishly used. The term “organic” would be growing a product without antibiotics, which would inherently increase the risk of bacterial outbreaks with food. Please be educated before using the term “organic”.
On a separate note, it is not necessarily the “mismanaging of eggs” that is responsible here. That would imply mixing up known contaminated eggs into the otherwise safe food supply. As an example, it would be like dropping a tooth brush in the toilet at a retail store and putting it back in with all the others and acting like nothing happened.
That is simply not the case with eggs. Eggs are thorughly washed and cleaned before they ever arrive to stores for sale. This form of bacteria is passed from hen to egg in a process known as vertical transmission. There is considerable effort to reduce this threat and has been ongoing for decades. Eggs are completely safe and are like just any other meat product that you need to COOK before eating.

apple

August 19th, 2010
9:34 am

Studies have shown that organic chickens and all animals for that matter are healthier and don’t get sick because they ARE ORGANIC.

shaggy

August 19th, 2010
9:38 am

Of coures I will, because I am not scared of everything and do not run around shrieking like a little girl.
If you want to be scared of something, be scared to driving on GA 400. Now, that’s REAL danger.

shaggy

August 19th, 2010
9:41 am

apple,

You are an idiot that needs to learn about bacterial infections. Then, you might actually learn the bacteria can and do infect your precious organic, well….everything.

gmad

August 19th, 2010
9:46 am

@apple Could you provide links to these studies? I do know that there are no studies that conclusively show any health benefit to eating organic foods. You are suggesting there are studies that show there are benefits to the food I would be eating (not necessarily me). I am interested to see them. Thank you.

David S

August 19th, 2010
9:54 am

Can you really think about where eggs come from…I mean really think about that… and honestly still eat them??

To truly consider what laying hens are put through from a strictly humanitarian perspective would finish any true discussion. Add to that the pollution of the local water and land from the amount of waste this enormous egg “factory” must put out and there truly is no other answer than to stop eating eggs.

Next, consider milk…no, seriously think about where it comes from. Vegan is the only way to live.

shaggy

August 19th, 2010
9:58 am

David S

Plants grow from YE GADS, the DIRT! However, they are easier to sneak up on.

I am a proud omnivore, that likes my protein. Just how do you think we humans got these large brains in the first place? It sure wasn’t berries and nuts.

Southern Patriot

August 19th, 2010
10:02 am

I ate eggs for breakfast. I will eat eggs that I cook but I will not eat eggs that are cooked in a restaurant because I cannot ascertain how they handled the eggs, how old the eggs are (older eggs may well have salmonella creeping into the yolks), or how the eggs are cooked. I will continue cooking my eggs sunny side up, soft boil, scrambled, and make omelets and egg dishes. Proper handling of fresh eggs and proper cooking of eggs should have been the norm for the past 20 years or so since most chicken and most eggs now have some salmonella and that has been reported for about the past 20 years. I would avoid consuming raw eggs, any eggs in which the whites are not cooked, I would wash the porous eggs shells (though they are already thoroughly washed by the producers). The USDA is grossly understaffed. Perhaps if they were staffed better this type of problem could be caught before 300 million plus eggs are recalled. The National Egg Council may have its work cut out for it and need many more ads on the “incredible edible egg” after this scare.

John T

August 19th, 2010
10:35 am

650 million eggs were recalled; 200 reported cases of illness over 2 months.
If I was afraid to eat eggs, I damn sure wouldn’t cross the street.
(to explain for those that don’t get it — I’m drawing a parallel between the dangers of eating eggs and getting hit by a car while crossing the street)

Clamshell

August 19th, 2010
10:49 am

If you’re freaking afraid of salmonella from eggs, just wash them before you crack the shell. The salmonella is on the shells, not inside the eggs (unless they’re old and the bacteria has migrated thru the shell, in which case they’re probably too old to eat anyway)

This waste of perfectly good eggs is appalling. Nearly as appalling as what I witnessed a few months ago in Wal-Mart — a worker was pitching cartons of eggs into a bin. When questioned, he said that he was checking and if any eggs were broken, the whole carton had to be thrown away. Now, come on, be honest. How many of you just switched out one cracked egg from a carton and went on your merry way??

Kar

August 19th, 2010
11:00 am

Hey apple, how about a salad of foxglove and tomato leaves with some grilled miso fugu liver. They’re organic.

killerj

August 19th, 2010
11:10 am

Shoot yea,if thats a chance to take eggs are essential to good nutrition.The real story is can private farmers do it better than major corporations? Yes.

whiz1

August 19th, 2010
12:02 pm

To the person who said “go organic”…how about one day you crack open an ORGANIC egg to find a half-created chick embryo in it? That’s what happened to me….disgusting. What I am saying is, organic eggs are not totally safe either.

shangi

August 19th, 2010
12:11 pm

organic, non-organic same thing. nutritionally they’re identical and as far as safety goes non-organic is statistically safer. Basically, you’re getting ripped off and misled by marketers who make money off gullible tree huggers that think these labels actually make a difference. All eggs are pretty much the same nutritionally. An egg is an egg is an egg so don’t fool yourself into thinking your eggs are better just because they’re labeled differently.

Sarah

August 19th, 2010
12:22 pm

I have my own hens. Any bad eggs are my own doing.

That said, I work at landfills & compost facilities and don’t look forward to going to work the week after the disposal of all of those eggs. I remember a few years ago when a school district emptied its freezers after a beef recall. (Shudder) Somehow I think this will be worse.

steve

August 19th, 2010
12:36 pm

People panic too easily. Must be a slow news week.

NANA

August 19th, 2010
12:42 pm

I completely agree with Clamshell….the first thing I thought of was the waste of perfectly good eggs. This alarmist society we now live in is crazy. I will continue to eat eggs because, yes, amazingly…I COOK THEM THOROUGHLY. OMG–what a concept. If you are afraid, wash the egg…and handle with care like you would any other food. The waste makes me sick…not the egg. What came first…the egg or using your brain while handling any food?

deb

August 19th, 2010
12:42 pm

I won’t buy eggs unless I can buy them “Certified Humane” and they are very hard to find. Organic means nothing except they don’t use chemicals. Organic eggs can still come from tortured hens.

NANA

August 19th, 2010
12:43 pm

maybe I should have asked…What came first? The egg or the chicken brain?

Janet

August 19th, 2010
12:44 pm

I also have my own hens. I definitely will be eating eggs. So will the people who buy eggs from me. Like the lady said, any bad eggs are my own doing.

On the ‘organic’ subject, the term ‘organic’ doesn’t mean a thing. You can walk into Walmart and buy organic. The rules are meant to benefit big business and restrict the small producer who can’t afford all the stuff that has to be done to be called organic. The small producer, though, is the one with the conscience. “Organic’ allows chemicals I would not use. Buy locally grown!

elliott

August 19th, 2010
12:56 pm

will you still get in a car after you hear about an accident? give me a break

dorae

August 19th, 2010
12:58 pm

I buy from a local lady. I will definitly eat eggs.

blkshepherd

August 19th, 2010
12:59 pm

Good Grief this is So not good. Eggs are included in a lot of things. cakes, certain dishes,fried rice and I know the chinese resturants will take a huge hit because 75% of their menu has eggs included in the ingredients. You cant make a cake with out eggs. so that means No cakes, birthday or otherwise..What about breakfast when eating out? I surely hope they get to the bottom of this quick..I happen to LOVE eggs..sheesh what next dont breathe the air?

aaron

August 19th, 2010
1:06 pm

like everything else that the media gets hold of, this too has been blown out of proportions. the scare last year was with the h1n1 flu, now it turns out that it was all a hoax.

chicken

August 19th, 2010
1:08 pm

To say that laying hens are tortured is terribly incorrect. Have you ever been in a layer house? They are provided shelter, food, and water. More than you can say about any other type of bird. Each company has strict animal welfare guidlines and enforces them thoroughly. You clearly know nothing of the poultry industry and should do some research before posting such comments.

ron faulk

August 19th, 2010
1:10 pm

Wash the egg of before you crack it and then cook it until done.

ARP

August 19th, 2010
1:14 pm

I thought the problem only occurs when people don’t cook the eggs well, or don’t use proper food preparation hygiene. When I cook with eggs, I treat raw or not-yet-fully-cooked eggs, anything containing them and anything that was in contact with them as a biohazard (i.e., disinfect surfaces, scrub hands after handling them and before handling anything that won’t itself be fully cooked, use a different spatula to remove a pancake from the pan from the spatula that was used to flip it when it was not yet fully cooked so as not to contaminate the final product, etc.) I simply assume eggs to have salmonella and other nasties unless they’ve been cooked/baked/microwaved enough.

marco

August 19th, 2010
1:17 pm

I thought over the past 10 years or so we’ve been taught to assume that all eggs and chicken have salmonella and all ground beef has e-coli… handle and cook properly and they are still safe to eat. Based on what’s happening here, it sounds as if the FDA is saying that it is generally ok to eat raw eggs.

Les

August 19th, 2010
1:18 pm

If you feel that you must eat eggs, get true, free-range eggs. Check out “PickYourOwn.org,” or Google another one! Or, drive to a local farm, that embraces free-range farming. Don’t be afraid to spend another buck or two for better products. Your spending dollars control a lot of what is produced and sold in this country (and in many other countries)!

These CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations) cram as many animals as possible into as little space as possible, in order to make as much profit as possible. The animals have so much shhiitt all over the place, contamination is not a surprise. (Of course, you can find more info about these CAFOs online, also.)

Many people are brainwashed, in their food choices (as well as other choices). With many people incapable of thinking independently, the money-grubbers’ marketing gurus easily manipulate their feeble brains, and the idiots march lockstep.

Les

August 19th, 2010
1:20 pm

Dear “Chicken”:

Your allegiance is blatantly obvious. I wager that you are somehow affiliated with the agri-business Public Relations machine, no?
If not, then you are amazingly deluded.

shaggy

August 19th, 2010
1:21 pm

Now, I’m gonna go find me some organic hens to torture, while I bake a cake, except the local lady selling eggs at Walmart uses chemicals that maybe chicken brain will be certified humane or crack salmonella is nutritious for cooking 650 million pollution emptied freezer landfils.
Does that about cover it here?

David S

August 19th, 2010
1:23 pm

Chicken – I’ve seen the pictures, I’ve seen the videos, and I have seen the real thing in person. Free range is humane. The factory farms are not. You can even tell the difference in the quality of the final product.

But you folks go on believing whatever makes you feel better about your food choice – and it is a choice.

Pam

August 19th, 2010
1:28 pm

I quit eating those .79 dozen toxic eggs years ago. You get what you pay for. Support farmers who raise food humanely or this is what you’ll keep getting.

Rich

August 19th, 2010
1:28 pm

Someone said to just wash the eggs off and all would be fine. Read article at link below, simply washing is not the answer.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Salmonella-Can-Infect-Eggs-in-Multiple-Ways-152882.shtml

Drew

August 19th, 2010
1:30 pm

It’s quite simple, really–don’t buy mass-produced factory eggs from Kroger, Publix, or Walmart. Either buy them from Whole Foods or Trader Joes, or even better, buy from locally raised small farms.

deb

August 19th, 2010
1:43 pm

Chicken, would you like to spend your entire life working at a job in a small square room with 10 other people while they threw food at you every day? Give me Certified Humane any day. I WILL pay more for it.

deb

August 19th, 2010
1:44 pm

Oh, and Chicken, I forgot one more thing, you would have to have your teeth (i.e beak) removed so you wouldn’t fight with the other people in your small room when the crowding got to be too much.

helene

August 19th, 2010
1:52 pm

Yesterday, I had swimmers’ ear and we got some new eggs. Now, my throat hurts, I’m feverish, and I has a stomachache. Do you think it’s Salmonella?

Pat Weber

August 19th, 2010
1:53 pm

Yes, I will still eat eggs –
YOU see, our family runs a hobby farm and we have our own chickens, dairy goats, dairy cow, gardens, fruit trees, berries and honey bees.
We don’t buy food from the grocery store much, so we are not really impacted by the food issues.
We rarely eat out at restaurants, since we have the freshest, best tasting foods at home!

Jenn

August 19th, 2010
1:54 pm

Of course I will, because I buy them locally from a trusted farmer, not from a chicken factory with disgusting, inhumane conditions that perpetuate diseases.

Pat Weber

August 19th, 2010
1:57 pm

Drew,
part of the problem is the “washing of eggs” by the big egg factories. Did yo know that there is a protective coating on the eggs, which protects the yolk (inside of the egg)? When they wash it off, it becomes more susceptible to bacteria. Also, they scrub them up because of the filthy conditions that those eggs are laid in.

We put fresh hay/straw in the nest boxes and keep them clean. We have several nest boxes for our hens.

Pat Weber

August 19th, 2010
2:03 pm

Chicken,

Why not go visit a family farm that practices natural, free range and organic principles?
Or just watch Food Inc…

Do you know what they wash those eggs with?

cluck

August 19th, 2010
2:06 pm

Deb really LOVES chickens,,,know what I’m sayin? It just ain’t natural.

BIG GIRL

August 19th, 2010
2:07 pm

David S…the way you think, I would think you WOULD go vegan……you LITTLE GIRL.

keith

August 19th, 2010
2:09 pm

raw organic egg everyday

shaggy

August 19th, 2010
2:16 pm

I just had 3 over easy extra large eggs, grits, with 4 slices of bacon, and white toast, with real butter, washed down with a big glass of whole milk. I mixed the runny yolks with my grits. Yuuuuuuuuuuuuummmmmmmmmmm!
I was going to have a salad but then, I read the hysteric posts here and decided to dedicate it all to you moronic reactionaries.

PPP

August 19th, 2010
2:26 pm

YEP! My own eggs from my own farm….they are delicious!