Late last week Hillandale Farms of Iowa recalled 170 million eggs. Earlier in the week Wright County Egg of Iowa recalled 380 million eggs. Then Sunday evening it was announced that Moark LLC of Fontana, Calif. is recalling nearly 300,000 eggs. Those eggs were said to have come from either Hillandale Farms or Wright County Egg.
Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg warns there may be more recalls of eggs in the salmonella outbreak. Monday morning, Hamburg told ABC's Good Morning America, "We don't know exactly how the contamination got into the chicken population, into the egg population, and we're not yet fully sure the extent of the recall that will be necessary to protect consumers."
Then, speaking on NBC's Today Show Monday Morning Hamburg said that as they move forward with the recall, they may see some additional sub-recalls over the next couple of days; maybe even weeks as better understanding of is reached of the sort of network of distribution of these eggs that are potentially contaminated.
The problem with Salmonella is it can cause fever, diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain and sometimes more serious illness or death. Hamburg's advice for consumers is to prepare food properly, keep the eggs refrigerated, and wash hands before and after handling eggs and cook the egg thoroughly. Salmonella can be destroyed by cooking the eggs at 145 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 15 seconds.