Hillandale Farms Becomes Second Iowa Farm To Recall Eggs From Market

August 21st, 2010 - 7:41 pm ICT by GD  

By Madhuri Dey
egg3Aug 21, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Another Iowa based egg producing company Hillandale Farms on Friday announced voluntary recall of around 170 million of its eggs that were sold in the market between April and August, making the total egg recall to escalate to around 550 million. The Friday announcement of the recall by the Hillandale Farms was done after the laboratory tests found the presence of the Salmonella in the farm’s egg samples. The company did not comment on the issue of whether the egg recall was in anyway related to the recall done by Wright County Egg. However, Pat El-Hinnawy, the FDA spokeswoman, said to media sources that strains of salmonella enteritidis, which is at the root of the poisoning has been found in the eggs of both the companies.

The Hillandale Farms distributed eggs in around fourteen states like Arkansas, California, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kansas, South Dakota, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, and Texas. The salmonella infected brands that were distributed at various grocery supply stores and food service companies are Hillandale Farms, Sunny Meadow, Sunny Farms, Wholesome Farms and West Creek.

The Federal officials have voiced that the present egg recall is one of the largest in the history of the United States. It maintained that industry estimates have shown that Americans consume about 220 million eggs per day making the situation all the more critical. Health officials maintain that although thoroughly boiling and cooking the eggs can destroy the bacteria, it is better to throw them away or return the recalled eggs. Federal health agencies are looking into the outbreak and trying to point out the exact cause of the salmonella outbreak.

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