Local stores watching egg recall
August 24, 2010
A recall has affected the egg industry, prompting consumers to take extra precaution.
Forest County Penn State Cooperative Extension Educator Nancy Yergin said she does not believe distributors have brought the eggs in question into the area. However, she said she has fielded calls from worried citizens.
An egg production facility in Iowa has issues with salmonella, Yergin said, but most cases have remained west of the Mississippi River. Between 12 and 15 years ago, she said states within the northeast part of the country suffered a similar outbreak.
“Folks have asked me if they should throw theirs away,” Yergin said. “I recommend cooking them and not work with uncooked eggs.”
That includes poached eggs, Yergin said, a process which does not provide thorough cooking. Proper cooking destroys the salmonella bacteria, she said.
Not many egg production facilities operate in this part of the state, Yergin said, and local supplies depend on wholesellers. Some stores carry pasteurized eggs, she said, which adds to the cost of the product.
Tops Markets Spokesperson Katie McKenna said the recall did not affect eggs in the company’s stores. The company gets eggs from a farm in Clarence, N.Y., she said.
Warren Shurfine Manager Carol Halle said the store carries two brands included in the recall: Hillandale and Eggland’s Best. However, she said Shurfine officials have notified her the recall does not apply to the eastern part of the country.
Walmart said in a statement the recall affected 630 of its stores in 20 states including Pennsylvania. The company confirmed that included stores in the Warren area and encouraged customers to return products they suspect the recall included.
Thorne’s Bilo representatives could not be reached for comment Monday.
After checking the codes printed on the egg containers, Halle said she could not find any eggs sold at the store which the companies are recalling. Next to the date, she said a code for eggs from the companies reading P136 225 1026 1413 1946 signify products covered by the recall.
The store sells eggs produced in Olean, N.Y., Halle said. If customers bought the eggs at the store, she said workers there will take them back.
People usually associate salmonella with cracked eggs, Yergin said, but the recent outbreak comes from the ovaries of hens. Center for Disease Control and Prevention employees try to identify tainted flocks, she said, but the animals appear healthy.
The outbreak should not affect local producers, Yergin said. Only a few people will dump their eggs out, she said, and obsess over the recall.
Sweet and Savory Farm Co-owner Suzanne Miller said she has not sold any eggs in the past year. Only a few chickens remain at the farm between Bear Lake and Lottsville, she said, so she does not have to worry about the recall.
“We’re fortunate,” Miller said. “It was good timing.”
Before using eggs, Miller said people should wash them. After cracking the shell, she said they should wash their hands before touching a spatula, pan or bowl.