Archive for August, 2010

Egg Recall Extended…. August 18, 2010

August 18, 2010

WASHINGTON – An Iowa egg producer is recalling 228 million eggs after being linked to an outbreak of salmonella poisoning.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said eggs from Wright County Egg in Galt, Iowa, were linked to several illnesses in Colorado, California and Minnesota. The CDC said about 200 cases of the strain of salmonella linked to the eggs were reported weekly during June and July, four times the normal number of such occurrences.

State health officials say tainted eggs have sickened at least 266 Californians and seven in Minnesota.

The eggs were distributed around the country and packaged under the names Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemp.

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating.

In a statement, company officials said the FDA is “on-site to review records and inspect our barns.” The officials said they began the recall Aug. 13.

The most common symptoms of salmonella are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within eight hours to 72 hours of eating a contaminated product. It can be life-threatening, especially to those with weakened immune systems.

Brand

Plant ID

Julian Dates

Additional Information

Albertson

-dozen, 18-egg cartons size large

#1413

136 through 225

Albertson

-dozen, 18-egg cartons size large

#1026

136 through 225

Bayview

5 dozen size large

#1686

142 through 149

UPC 7-17544-30172-1

Boomsma’s

-dozen cartons size large

#1413

136 through 225

Boomsma’s

-dozen cartons size large

#1946

136 through 225

Dutch Farms

-dozen cartons size large

#1946

136 through 225

Farm Fresh

-dozen cartons size large

#1026

136 through 225

Farm Fresh

-dozen, 18-egg cartons size M to Jumbo

#1946

136 through 225

Hillandale

-18-egg cartons size XL

#1413

136 through 225

Kemps

-dozen cartons size large

#1946

136 through 225

Lucerne

-dozen, 18-egg cartons size large

#1413

136 through 225

Lucerne

-dozen, 18-egg cartons size large

#1026

136 through 225

Lund

-6-egg, dozen, 18-egg cartons size M to Jumbo

#1946

136 through 225

Mountain Dairy

5 dozen size medium

#1951

193 through 208

UPC 0-11110-89969-9

Mountain Dairy

-dozen, 18-egg cartons size large

#1413

136 through 225

Mountain Dairy

-dozen cartons size large

#1026

136 through 225

Nulaid

-5 dozen size medium

#1091

167 through 174

UPC 0-71230-02140-0

Nulaid

5 dozen size medium

#1951

195 through 210

UPC 0-71230-02140-0

Ralph’s

-dozen cartons size large

#1413

136 through 225

Ralph’s

-dozen, 18-egg cartons size large

#1026

136 through 225

Shoreland

-dozen cartons size XL and jumbo

#1026

136 through 225

Sunshine

-dozen cartons size XL

#1413

136 through 225

Sun Valley

-5 dozen size medium

#1951

195 through 209

UPC 6-48065-11432-6

Trafficanda

-dozen cartons size M to Jumbo

#1413

136 through 225

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Eggs Recalled Due to Salmonella Contamination

August 17, 2010

Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa, is voluntarily recalling eggs produced by its farms and sold in Colorado because of possible contamination with salmonella

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says the eggs affected by the recall were distributed to food wholesalers, distribution centers and food service companies in Colorado, California, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The recall includes eggs packaged under several brand names, including Lucerne (Safeway Brand), Albertsons, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps.

The eggs are packaged in cartons containing six, 12 and 18 eggs with production date codes ranging from 136 to 225, and plant numbers 1026, 1413 and 1946. Production date codes and plant numbers can be found stamped on the end of each egg carton. The stamp begins with the letter P, followed by the plant number and then the production date code (for example, P-1946 223).

Consumers who have bought these shell eggs should not eat them but should return them to the store where they got them for a full refund.

You can find more information on the recall at http://www.eggsafety.org.

Jelly Fritters and A Salad Of Tomatoes

August 13, 2010

Jelly Fritters

Make a batter of two eggs, a pint of milk, and a pint bowl of wheat flour or more, beat it light, put a tablespoonful lard or beef fat in a frying or omelet pan, add a salt-spoonful * of salt, make it boiling hot, put in the batter by the large spoonful, not to close; when one side is delicate brown, turn the other; when done, take them onto a dish with a doily over it, put a dessert-spoonful ** of firm jelly on each, and serve.

Recipe From: The Jewel Cookbook, this copy was given to someone in 1891, not really sure of the books real date.

* salt-spoon: A small spoon (1/8 tsp), usually having a round, deep bowl, used in taking salt at table.

** dessert-spoon: A spoon intermediate in size between a tablespoon and a teaspoon.
So you will need one and one half teaspoons.

Info From: The New Century Dictionary, 1936
The Cooking Inn (www.thecookinginn.com)

A Salad Of Tomatoes

To make a tomato salad you must not slice the fruit in a dish and then pour on it a little vinegar and then a little oil; that is not salad –that is ignorance.

Take some red tomatoes, and, if you can procure them, some golden ones also. Plunge each for a moment in boiling water, peel off the skin, but carefully, so as not to cut through the flesh with the juice. Take some raw onion cut in slices; if you do not like the strong taste, use shallot; and lay four or five flat slices on the bottom of the salad dish. Put the tomato slices over them, sprinkle with salt and just a dust of castor sugar. In four hours lift the tomatoes and remove the onions altogether. Make in a cup the following sauce: Dissolve a salt-spoonful * of salt in a teaspoonful of tarragon vinegar. Stir in a dessert-spoonful ** of oil, dropping it slowly in, add a very little mustard, some pepper and a sprinkle of chopped chervil. Some people like chopped chives. Pour this over the tomato salad and leave it for an hour at least before serving it.

Recipe From: An Old Belgium cookbook

Huge Ground Beef Recall

August 6, 2010

Ground Beef Recall

MODESTO, Calif. – A meat processor recalled about 1 million pounds of ground beef products Friday after seven people were sickened by E. coli contamination.

Valley Meat Co., of Modesto, sold the potentially contaminated beef patties and ground beef in California, Texas, Oregon, Arizona and internationally, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

The beef was processed from Oct. 2, 2009, to Jan. 12, 2010. Most of the products were sold frozen and the company was working to remove them from grocery store shelves.

“This is the first recall in our history and we will investigate the matter thoroughly and take any measures deemed necessary to further elevate our safety standards, protect consumers, and ensure confidence in our products,” Valley Meat said in a statement.

All of the recalled products have the establishment number “EST. 8268” inside the label’s USDA mark of inspection. Valley Meat said consumers should discard possibly affected meat or return it to stores for a refund.

The California Department of Health notified the USDA in mid-July of a cluster of E. coli-related illnesses, leading to the recall. A department spokesman said officials would issue a statement later Friday.

Tests identified the bacteria as E. coli O157:H7, the strain most commonly responsible for food poisoning. Symptoms of infection often include often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and a low fever. More serious infections can lead to kidney failure, brain damage and sometimes death.