Good-Earth-Eggs1-282x282Eggs produced by a Bonne Terre, Missouri facility have been linked to Salmonella illnesses in the state by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to the company. Consequently, Good Earth Egg Company announced it was recalling shell eggs eggs from its facility.   The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services in mid-December  reported finding the presence of Salmonella bacteria at the Good Earth facility.   At that time it ordered the facility closed and cleaned.   The department urged consumers buying Good Earth eggs to cook them thoroughly, but the company did not order a recall at that time. But the FDA report of illnesses has now prompted  a recall of various sizes of shell eggs are packaged in the following ways: 6-count cartons, 10-count cartons, 12-count cartons, 18-count cartons, 15 dozen cases, and 30 dozen cases. The dates and codes on the cartons and cases will include everything prior to and including date code 006 – Sell By 02/05/2016, under the brand name Good Earth Egg Company, license number D-01124. The Good Earth Egg Company  eggs were distributed at retail and wholesale levels throughout the Midwest, including Missouri and Illinois  institutions, and to walk-in customers. Good Earth eggs are sold at Dierbergs, Shop n’ Save, Straubs, Midtowne Market and Price Chopper in the metropolitan St. Louis area. The company is  working with distributors and retailers to remove the recalled  products from wholesale suppliers and retail shelves. Consumers do not need to return the product to the store where it was purchased. Instead, consumers should discard any product and its container.  Good Earth Egg Company will replace the eggs customers discard. Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, vomiting, fever and/or stomach cramps. It usually develops within six to 72 hours after a consumer’s exposure to salmonella bacteria and generally lasts three to seven days.  Salmonella bacteria can be transmitted from person to person.  Some people who are infected may have no symptoms at all, but may still transmit the salmonella bacteria to others.  The spread of salmonella from person to person may be avoided by careful hand washing with soap and water, particularly after using the restroom. Consumers who may have symptoms should go to a doctor. If salmonellosis is diagnosed, the local health department should be contacted to report the condition. (To sign up for a free subscription to Food Safety News, click here.)