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Here is one food recall currently in effect we should all be aware of: EGG RECALL. - Yowbarb   BTW I will be posting the FDA warning soon. The warning posted below may not cover all problem eggs...Update there is a MEAT RECALL now too, see next post.
Massive egg recall: How to check your carton for recalled eggs
Dan Shapley Dan Shapley – Thu Aug 19, 7:14 pm ET
(Photo: FDA)
A massive egg recall by Write County Egg has sickened hundreds of people, and affected 13 retail brands that the egg factory packages. The culprit: Salmonella on egg shells.
The egg brands affected by the recall include: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms, and Kemps.
Eggs are packed in 6- 12- or 18-egg cartons with Julian dates ranging from 136 to 225 and plant numbers 1026, 1413, and 1946.
Dates and codes can be found stamped on the end of the egg carton. The plant number begins with the letter P and then the number. The Julian date follows the plant number, for example: P-1946 223.
Consumers should not eat the eggs and should return recalled eggs to the store where they were purchased for a full refund.
Bacterial contamination on modern industrial-scale chicken farms (factories, really) is a growing problem. Cramped conditions are breeding grounds for disease. Widespread use of antibiotics is creating drug-resistant strains of bacteria.
One antidote to the problem is to choose locally sourced eggs from farms that allow their chickens to run free. Though be aware that the label "free range" doesn't mean what you might think.
Salmonella poisoning symptoms
Within 6-to-72 hours of eating an egg, you may experience lower abdominal cramps, diarrhea (sometimes bloody), vomiting, fever, chills, malaise, nausea or headache. Symptoms may persist for as long as a week. While most people recover without treatment, some patients require hospitalization.
Among the 21,244 cases of foodborne illness reported from tainted food-related outbreaks in the United States in 2007 (the last year for which data is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), salmonella was the No. 2 cause of illness, causing 27% of foodborne illness outbreaks, including 55% of multi-state outbreaks, and 81 illnesses attributed to salmonella in eggs; five deaths resulted from salmonella-contaminated food. The two biggest foodborne illness outbreaks that year were caused by salmonella, in hummus and frozen pot pies.
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Market Watch
Aug. 23, 2010, 11:54 a.m. EDT
As egg recall expands, consumers warned to beware
Government regulators probe Salmonella outbreak; no more 'runny' eggs By Jeffry Bartash, MarketWatch
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- Forget eating your eggs over easy. At least for now.
That's the advice of the government's top food-safety regulator after the nationwide recall of more than half a billion eggs tied to an outbreak of Salmonella poisoning.
Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, said Monday the agency continues to investigate the source of the contamination and could issue additional recalls. Consumers should take extra safety precautions, such as washing hands before and after handling eggs and cooking the eggs thoroughly, she said.
U.S. Egg Recall Widens
A second Midwest egg producer recalls its product due to salmonella concerns. Video Courtesy of Fox News.
"No more runny egg yolks for mopping up with toast," Hamburg said during an interview on NBC's Today show.
The eggs being recalled were sold in at least 22 states under as many as 24 different brands. The recall is the biggest in "recent memory," Hamburg said. See a partial list of egg brands recalled.
The FDA ordered the recall last Thursday after nearly 2,000 episodes of Salmonella poisoning were reported between May and July, mostly in the Midwest, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In a typical year, about 700 cases would have been reported during that period.
Salmonella poisoning can be fatal for the very young, the very old or those with poor immune systems. Most cases involve temporary symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain and some vomiting. See FDA explanation of salmonella poisoning.
Hamburg said the delay in the recall stemmed from the difficulty of tracing the source of contamination. The form of salmonella involved in the outbreak is the most common, making it hard to determine its origin, she said.
Eventually, the FDA investigation led to two Iowa-based producers, Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms. Wright County Egg is owned by Jack DeCoster, who owns other produce companies that have been cited for repeated violations extending as far back as 1994.
In the U.S., nearly 80 billion whole eggs are produced for sale each year, some of which are exported. Iowa is by far the nation's leading producer.
Until recently, the FDA lacked authority to inspect chicken farms where eggs are produced, a task that solely belonged to Agriculture Department. The FDA was granted the right to check farms starting on July 9 as part of a law passed in 2009.
Hamburg, however, said the agency needs even more power so the FDA can prevent outbreaks before they happen, especially with so much food now entering the U.S. from overseas.
"We need additional resources. We need additional authority," she said.
Several bills in Congress would give the FDA exactly that. One bill in the Senate has the official support of 17 members -- 12 Democrats and five Republicans.
Meanwhile, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, who chairs a House panel that handles matters related to the egg industry, complained that the dual regulatory oversight by the FDA and Agriculture Department could lead to a confusing inspection process.
The Connecticut Democrat said Congress should ultimately create one agency to handle all matters of food safety -- from the producer to the consumer.
In the U.S. stock market on Monday, shares of Cal-Maine Foods Inc. /quotes/comstock/15*!calm/quotes/nls/calm (CALM 32.31, +1.97, +6.49%) , the nation's largest seller of table eggs, rose 3% to $31.38 after the company said its exposure to the Salmonella outbreak was very limited.
Cal-Maine said only 800,000 eggs, or 0.3% of the total it sold between May and July, were purchased from the Iowa producers at the center of the recall. None of the tainted eggs was produced at its own farms, the Jackson, Miss.-based company said.
Jeffry Bartash is a reporter for MarketWatch in Washington.

 Update, NATIONWIDE MEAT RECALL does not cover a lot of brands, but it is very widespread since they are sold at Wal Mart. - CNN Story below, Yowbarb
Nationwide meat recall announced
By the CNN Wire Staff
August 24, 2010 7:16 a.m. EDT
Deli meat is the latest food product to be recalled.
•   NEW: Meat products sold at Wal-Marts nationwide
•   The meat products were produced from mid-June through early July
•   Listeriosis is an uncommon, but potentially fatal disease
•   380,000 pounds of deli meats are being recalled
(CNN) -- Zemco Industries in Buffalo, New York, has recalled approximately 380,000 pounds of deli meat that may be contaminated with bacteria that can cause a potentially fatal disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday.
The products were distributed to Wal-Marts nationwide, according to the USDA's website.
The meats may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which was discovered in a retail sample collected by inspectors in Georgia. The USDA has received no reports of illnesses associated with the meats.
"Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease," according to the USDA. "Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea.
 Video: Is our food safe to eat?
"Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy," the USDA said.
Wal-Mart did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday from CNN.
The products subject to recall are:
-- 25.5-pound cases of "Marketside Grab and Go Sandwiches BLACK FOREST HAM With Natural Juices Coated with Caramel Color" with the number 17800 1300.
-- 28.49-pound cases of "Marketside Grab and Go Sandwiches HOT HAM, HARD SALAMI, PEPPERONI, SANDWICH PEPPERS" with the number 17803 1300.
-- 32.67-pound cases of "Marketside Grab and Go Sandwiches VIRGINIA BRAND HAM With Natural Juices, MADE IN NEW YORK, FULLY COOKED BACON, SANDWICH PICKLES, SANDWICH PEPPERS" with the number 17804 1300.
-- 25.5-pound cases of "Marketside Grab and Go Sandwiches ANGUS ROAST BEEF Coated with Caramel Color" with the number 17805 1300.
The meats were produced on dates ranging from June 18 to July 2, 2010. The "Use By" dates range from August 20 to September 10, 2010....

Ending Note by Yowbarb: Members should probably check the FDA site to and check at their local stores  about any Recalls posted there. Ask the managers of the stores. - Yowbarb

 :(I am so sorry for people who have been poisoned by meat and eggs.  There has been an ongoing scandal in Germany with rancid, old and unfit beef/veal being sold to Turkish Imbiss's to make Döner.  Its Germany's favorite "fast-food" ( .  The government can not seem to control the selling of unfit meat to make Döner, and there have been numerous documentaries about the low hygiene standards in the practice of making Döner. 
So, everyone, have MMS on hand to combat those germs:
Bye for now,


--- Quote from: Mjoy on August 24, 2010, 09:58:07 AM --- :(I am so sorry for people who have been poisoned by meat and eggs.  There has been an ongoing scandal in Germany with rancid, old and unfit beef/veal being sold to Turkish Imbiss's to make Döner.  Its Germany's favorite "fast-food" ( .  The government can not seem to control the selling of unfit meat to make Döner, and there have been numerous documentaries about the low hygiene standards in the practice of making Döner. 
So, everyone, have MMS on hand to combat those germs:
Bye for now,

--- End quote ---

Mjoy that is a sad situation... it's not so easy to get control of those situations and make the meat safe... I suppose people have been perishing from bad food since time immemorial...I suppose a lot of it didn't sit around long because it was scarce...
Cooking food really well handles a multitude of problems.
It's good you mentioned the MMS from what has been posted on the board it is a definite good thing to have around,

Yes, it is a rather sad situation.  I try to get only eggs from a neighboring farm, and meat from a bio-dynamic farm ( in our town.  This farm has been in the same family, in the same house since 1337!!!  It is run by a dear friend of mine, who studies, intensively the work of Rudolf Steiner.  Because I live in the country, I can do this, but most folks do not have this luxury.  I wonder what we are all going to do for food in the after-times?  It will be like in the stone-age for some time.  No more fast anything.
Bye for now,


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