Friday, August 20, 2010

At least one Racine-area distributor recalling eggs

Local restaurants are being affected by an Iowa egg producer's massive recall of shelled eggs.

The owner of one local restaurant called this morning to say his food distributor sent out a letter this week alerting customers of the egg recall. The owner sent back a case of unopened eggs. No eggs that fall under the recall were used at the restaurant, the owner said.

We're spending time this morning researching the local impact of Wright County Egg's recall. The Iowa company said it sold eggs to distributors in 10 states, including Wisconsin. The distributors then sold the shelled eggs around the country.

Here's what we know so far:
  • Piggly Wiggly and Roundy's (Pick N Save) both said they do not carry Wright County Eggs and were not impacted by the recall. 
  • Kenosha's Baker Street Pub and Restaurant reported 21 customers received salmonella poisoning, likely from Wright County Eggs. 
  • The Egg Safety Board says less than 1 percent of all eggs nationwide are affected by the recall. Odds are pretty good you won't be affected. 
We also got some interesting feedback through our Facebook page. Backyard chicken supporters are crowing a bit today over the recall. They're noting that just because an egg comes from the store, doesn't mean it's safe. We'll see if the egg recall plays into the City Council's decision about backyard chickens.

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