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Shell eggs recalled; linked to Salmonella outbreak

Kenneth Miller Farms is recalling an unknown volume of shell eggs after Ohio officials linked them to a Salmonella enteritidis outbreak initially linked to house-made mayonnaise at Lucky’s Taproom.

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The recall notice about the eggs from the New Lebanon, OH, farm states the shell eggs were sold direct to consumers and to Lucky’s Taproom and Mudlick Tavern. Farm owners did not immediately respond to a request for comment late this afternoon.

“The recall is the result of farm environmental samples collected by the Ohio Department of Agriculture which tested positive for Salmonella enteritidis as part of an investigation into illnesses reported by Dayton and Montgomery County Public Health,” according to the recall notice on the Ohio Department of Agriculture website.

“Those who have recently purchased eggs from the farm may bring them back for a full refund. Consumers with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact the farm directly at 937-696-2733.”

The most recent update on the outbreak, posted March 8 by Public Health of Dayton & Montgomery, reported 20 of 80 sick people had been confirmed by lab analysis to have Salmonella infections. Illness onset dates were from Feb. 22 through Feb. 28.

Health officials said in a March 3 statement they received the first complaints about illness possibly linked to Lucky’s on Feb. 29. They inspected the restaurant that day.

House-made mayonnaise from Lucky’s Taproom tested positive for Salmonella. Avocado and goat cheese were both negative for Salmonella, according to the county health update.

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Drew Trick, owner of Lucky’s Taproom & Eatery, voluntarily closed his doors Feb. 29 when health officials told him about the reports of patrons becoming ill.

Trick acknowledged responsibility for the Salmonella outbreak March 7 in a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

“Well, it seems our efforts to source locally and make our food from scratch has failed our customers and ourselves. Know that we are doing all that is possible to rectify the situation and eliminate the chance of this happening again,” Trick said in the Facebook post.

“Being that it is very early in the investigation we are awaiting more details than what is being offered by the mainstream media. That being said we are prolonging our closure for an unknown period of time. We thank you all for your support and hope to open with a clean bill of health very soon,” he added.

Salmonella bacteria causes about 1.2 million foodborne illnesses in the U.S. annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The micro organism causes about 450 deaths every year.

People with salmonella infections usually have symptoms within 12 to 72 hours of exposure. Symptoms most often include stomach cramps, diarrhea, headache, nausea and vomiting.

The CDC reports most people recover without treatment. In rare cases, however, salmonella can be fatal unless the patient is treated promptly with antibiotics. The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

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