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Food Recall: Organic Brown Eggs

In a nutshell: The recall affects Safeway and Costco in Northern Calif. to Fresno and western Nevada.

From the FDA press release

March 20, 2009 — den Dulk Poultry Farms of Ripon Calif. is voluntarily recalling their organic brown eggs as a precaution because the eggs have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The recalled eggs were distributed to Costco and Safeway in Northern California, as far south as Fresno, and in western Nevada.

Costco: The eggs are sold at Costco as Kirkland Organic Brown Eggs.  They are packaged in 18 count cartons. Expiration dates and plant code can be found on the end of the carton and are written as follows:

April 1 062  
 April 8 069     
35 P1776
 35 P1776

Safeway: The eggs are sold at 71 Safeway and Pack n’ Save stores as Organic Grade A Large Brown Eggs.  They are packaged in one dozen (12 count) cartons. Expiration date and plant code can be found on the end of the carton and are written as follows:

April 1 062                                                                                                                                                             
35 P1776

No known illnesses have been reported to date in connection with these eggs.  The recall was initiated after it was determined that the eggs in question tested positive for Salmonella during an internal investigation by den Dulk Poultry Farms.

den Dulk Poultry Farms has informed the FDA of its actions and is fully cooperating with the Agency.

At den Dulk Poultry Farms, we take the safety of customers and the integrity of our products very seriously. Consumers who have purchased or are the recipients of these eggs are urged to return them to Costco or Safeway for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact den Dulk Poultry Farms (209) 599 – 4269 or the Safeway Consumer Service Center at 1 – 877 – Safeway (723 – 3929).  Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (PDT).

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