Saturday, August 21, 2010

Egg Recall: What You Need to Know

Eggs are one of my favorite foods, packed with protein and nutrients, but, I do play it safe when it comes to food safety. And, you should too. If you are concerned about the current egg recall, check the FDA’s website for continuously updated information: click here. Or better yet, click here for information on the exact brands and lots recalled.

And, if your eggs are among those recalled (Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Tafficanda, Farm Fresh, Cal Maine, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms, Kemp, and Pacific Coast – though there may be more as this recall is growing) or you aren’t sure, return them for a refund and then throw them out.

Young children, the elderly and those with a weakened immune system need to be especially concerned about consuming anything that can put them at risk for a food born illness such as salmonella. However, everyone should employ food safety standards at home and when eating out (check the restaurant, is it clean? Do the employees use gloves? What’s the Department of Health Score for the restaurant)? Because, it just makes good sense to do so!

At home, keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot. Be wary of buffets and avoid food that has been sitting out for hours on end (or touched by many people; think twice about that office picnic or office party – you never know how people handle food at home). Wash your hands thoroughly (for 20-30 seconds with soap; I can’t emphasize this enough as I’ve seen people go to the bathroom and eat without washing their hands more times then I can count). In fact, washing your hands is the easiest thing you can do to prevent yourself from getting sick and passing germs to other people!

For more information about safe egg handling, click here.

Cooking eggs thoroughly kills salmonella. However, when there is an outbreak, if your lot of eggs (or any other food) has been recalled, it’s best to play it safe and avoid eating them.

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