Recalled eggs found in some restaurants on the South Plains - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/19/10

Recalled eggs found in some restaurants on the South Plains

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A massive recall on eggs has one distributor making sure the restaurants they supply are safe, and some of the locations are here on the South Plains.

KCBD NewsChannel 11 found a couple of restaurants had their eggs swapped by U.S. FoodService, so we called and they gave us a statement.

Consistent with our dedication to the highest standards of food safety, U.S. Foodservice has issued a recall of eggs supplied by Wright Egg Company in Galt, Iowa.  In recent days, Wright has recalled more than 300 million eggs sold under a variety of retail brands and supplied to many other national foodservice distributors from May 16 through August 13.
 
As a precaution, U.S. Foodservice is recalling all eggs supplied by Wright Egg Company.  At this stage, it's important to note no eggs have been found to contain Salmonella.  We are also offering our support to the FDA and local and state health departments in this recall.

In 24 hours, the number of recalled eggs has gone from around 230 million to 380 million. A company in Iowa recalled the eggs after they discovered a link to salmonella. KCBD NewsChannel 11 spoke with Texas Tech's Director of the International Center for Food Industry Excellence, Mindy Brashears, about salmonella.

"Salmonella is the number one killer of food born pathogens in the U.S.," says Brashears. It's dangerous , but Brashears says there are ways to reduce the risk of infection. "It's very sensitive to heat so if you don't eat your eggs raw than you're going to kill it, even if it is there."

So we asked "What are some of the symptoms of salmonella?" "Obviously you can get sick this is especially important for children or the elderly or anyone that has an immunodeficiency. If you get sick you're going to develop diarrhea, fever, and maybe vomiting but that's actually less common," says Brashears.

Brashears also says problems often arise when people use raw egg in ice cream or cookie dough. She said Texas Tech has been working with new technology that uses microwaves to kill the bacteria. "It actually targets the salmonella in the egg and we can reduce it by 99%." She hopes the technology will help eliminate recalls in the future. "This is a huge recall; it's one of the largest recalls of eggs ever recorded."

U.S. Food Service said they swapped out the affected eggs. We called U.S. Food Service to find out what other restaurants may have been affected but we weren't able to get an answer, but the good news is, none of the eggs found contained salmonella. We called major grocery stores in town and none of them had the recalled eggs.

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