(08/21/2010)
Half a billion tainted eggs have been recalled in the nationwide investigation of a salmonella outbreak.

The outbreak has sickened more than 1,000 people.

Iowa's Hillandale Farms said yesterday it was recalling more than 170 million eggs after laboratory tests confirmed salmonella.

Wright County Egg, another Iowa farm, recalled 380 million eggs earlier this week.

An FDA spokeswoman said the two recalls are related. The strain of salmonella poisoning is the same in both cases.

Anita Ray, Environmental Health Director with the Kanawha-Charleston Health Dept, said that although West Virginia hasn't been specified, it is a nationwide recall.

"If consumers are unsure about their eggs, don't eat them."

Ray said symptoms are a lot like the flu, "Diarrhea, vomiting, headache and various symptoms, but the average healthy person can throw that off."

Charleston area stores are getting inquiries, since some of the brands appear on their shelves.

Charleston Foodland manager Jeff Joseph indicated he does not believe there is a problem in West Virginia, but anytime something is recalled the customer is refunded.

The eggs recalled Friday were distributed under the brand names Hillandale Farms, Sunny Farms, Sunny Meadow, Wholesome Farms and West Creek. The new recall applies to eggs sold between April and August.

Hillandale eggs went to 14 states, according to the company: Arkansas, California, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin. They were sold under the brand names Hillandale Farms, Sunny Farms, Sunny Meadow, Wholesome Farms and West Creek.

The FDA has released another list of brand names:

1. Sunshine 2. Ralph's 3. Albertson 4. Trafficanda 5. Hillandale 6. Boomsma's 7. Shoreland 8. Lund 9. Dutch Farms 10. Mountain Dairy 11. Farm Fresh 12. Lucerne 13. Kemps


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