After people throughout the United States experienced an outbreak of Salmonella Poisoning, the infectious bacteria has been traced back to the egg distribution company Wright County Egg of Galt. This company distributes eggs to California, Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa under multiple brand names. According to the Chicago Daily Herald, the outbreak may have sickened as many as 1,300 people. Congress has subpoenaed the owner of Wright County Egg of Galt, Austin DeCoster, to testify regarding the outbreak.
Illnesses have been reported in Minnesota, California, and Wisconsin as a result of the salmonella outbreak. Symptoms of salmonella bacteria can include fever, diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea. It can be fatal to children, seniors, and people with weakened immune systems. The best way for people to protect themselves from the salmonella outbreak is to either throw away or take recalled eggs back to the store.
The FDA is working to create legislation that will mandate egg producers to purchase only salmonella free chicks and have producer houses test for salmonella. The FDA encourages consumers to take the following steps to stay safe from salmonella:
- Refrigerate all eggs.
- Make sure to use eggs within 3 weeks of purchasing them.
- When cooking eggs, make sure to cook until the yolk is firm (not runny).
- Cook all foods with egg in them thoroughly.
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