DEC: No recalled eggs in Alaska

Posted: Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation announced Friday that it has found no eggs sold in Alaska linked to the Wright County Egg national egg recall. The shell eggs produced by the Galt, Iowa, company are sold under a variety of brand names and have been recalled because of a possible salmonella contamination.

"For the Wright County Egg recall, DEC has contacted the major statewide distributors and retailers," DEC said in a Friday press release. "It has found none carrying the affected product. The agency continues to look for eggs in the state associated with the national recall. If any are found, DEC will inform the public."

In a press release sent out on Thursday, DEC said Friday it incorrectly reported some eggs sold under a brand available in Alaska were associated with the national recall. DEC has since learned a retail store incorrectly told DEC it sold the recalled Wright County eggs under that brand. The retailer told DEC on Friday of its error.

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Section of Epidemiology, on Thursday reported two people, one in Homer and one in Anchorage, tested as a match for the strain of salmonella associated with the national egg recall.

DHSS spokesperson Greg Wilkinson said on Friday that the strain found in Alaska is a common strain of salmonella. The Alaska test samples will be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more sensitive testing, he said.

The Homer person told DHSS that an egg had been eaten about a week before the onset of illness.

The Section of Epidemiology had 70 lab confirmed cases of salmonella poisoning in Alaska in 2009 and 58 lab confirmed cases in 2008. DHSS recommends thoroughly cooking eggs before eating and washing with soap and water hands, utensils and food preparation surfaces that might have come in contact with raw eggs. For recipes such as Hollandaise sauce that use raw eggs, use pasteurized eggs only.

Michael Armstrong can be reached at michael.armstrong@homernews.com



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