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Six Ill in Minnesota Salmonella Egg Outbreak

At least six people in Minnesota have Salmonella Enteritidis infections linked to contaminated organic eggs.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) said Wednesday that they are investigating the outbreak and have traced back the eggs to the Larry Schultz Organic Farm in Owatonna, where environmental testing confirmed the presence of Salmonella Enteritidis.

The farm is cooperating with the MDA investigation and has recalled its eggs, which were distributed to restaurants, grocery stores, food wholesalers and food service companies in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.

  

According to state public health authorities, routine reportable disease monitoring identified six cases of Salmonella Enteritidis infection with the same DNA fingerprint. The individuals became ill between August 12 and September 24.

The case patients include children and adults, and all are residents of the seven-county metropolitan area. Three of the patients were hospitalized but have since recovered. Five of the six individuals infected reported eating eggs from the Larry Schultz Organic Farm purchased at grocery stores or co-ops.

 

The recalled eggs are packaged under the Lunds & Byerlys Organic, Kowalski’s Organic and Larry Schultz Organic Farm brands. The eggs are packed in bulk and varying sizes of cartons (6-egg cartons, dozen egg cartons, 18-egg cartons).

Cartons bearing Plant Number 0630 or a “Sell by” date are NOT included in this recall.

Full product descriptions and a list of grocery stores where these products were sold can be found at www.mda.state.mn.us.

Consumers who believe they may have purchased these shell eggs should not eat them but should return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund. 

  

Brands included in the recall are:

 

1)  Larry Schultz Organic Farm Label, Extra large Cartoned, On or Before Jullian date “286 EXP NOV 12″ or “286     NOV12″  The ” ” is as it appears on the carton.

(if the carton has a plant number or any addtiional numbers or letters it is not part of the recall)  If the carton has a “Sell by” date it is NOT recalled.

 

2)   Larry Schultz Organic Farm Label, Large Cartoned, On or Before Jullian date “286 EXP NOV 12″ or “286     NOV12″  The ” ” is as it appears on the carton.

(if the carton has a plant number or any addtional numbers or letters it is not part of the recall)  If the carton has a “Sell by” date it is NOT recalled 

 

3)   Larry Schultz Organic Farm Label, Jumbo Cartoned, On or Before Jullian date “286 EXP NOV 12″ or “286     NOV12″  The ” ” is as it appears on the carton.

 

4)  Larry Schultz Organic Farm Label, Medium Cartoned, On or Before Jullian date “286 EXP NOV 12″ or “286     NOV12″  The ” ” is as it appears on the case.

(if the case has a plant number on the label they are not part of the recall)  If the case has a “Sell by” date it is NOT recalled. 

 

5)  Larry Schultz Organic Farm Label, Jumbo Bulk, On or Before Jullian date “286 EXP NOV 12″ or “286     NOV12″  The ” ” is as it appears on the case.

(if the case has a plant number on the label they are not part of the recall)  If the case has a “Sell by” date it is NOT recalled.

 

6)  Lunds & Byerly’s Label, Large Cartoned, On or Before Jullian date “286 EXP NOV 12″ or “286     NOV12″   

 

7)  Lunds & Byerly’s Label, Extra Large Cartoned, On or Before Jullian date “286 EXP NOV 12″ or “286     NOV12″ 

 

8)  Lunds & Byerly’s Label, Large Cartoned 6-packs, On or Before Jullian date “286 EXP NOV 12″ or “286     NOV12″ 

 

9) Kowalski’s Organic Egg Label, On or Before Jullian date “286 EXP NOV 12″ or “286     NOV12″ 

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