by in Food Borne Illnesses, Salmonella

On January 9th, the FDA announced the recall of shell eggs produced and distributed by Good Earth Egg Company. The Bonne Terre, Missouri company issued a voluntary recall after it was revealed that their shell eggs may be contaminated with Salmonella. All Good Earth shell eggs are being recalled. These eggs are packaged in a variety of ways, including 6 count cartons, 10 count cartons, 12 count cartons, 18 count cartons, 15 dozen cases, and 30 dozen cases. Recalled cartons can be identified with a Sell By date on or before 02/05/2016. The brand name is Good Earth Egg Company, and packages are labeled with a license number of D-01124. The recalled eggs were distributed to retail and wholesale locations throughout the Midwest.

The FDA also reported that Good Earth Eggs have been linked to cases of Salmonella poisoning. Details of the outbreak, including the number sickened and illness onset dates, have not been released yet. Because illnesses have been associated with this recall, health officials have recommended that consumers immediately dispose of any recalled egg products.

Salmonella poisoning is one of the most common forms of foodborne illness in America. It occurs when someone consumes contaminated food or water. Symptoms of the illness will appear between 12 and 72 hours after infection, and will include abdominal cramping, fever, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. In many cases, someone infected with Salmonella will recover within a week and without medical attention. However, in those with certain risk factors, such as the elderly, children, and those with suppressed immune systems, the illness may linger or worsen, making medical attention necessary. If you or a loved one begins to show the symptoms of Salmonella poisoning after eating Good Earth Egg Company products, contact a medical professional.