[Editor's note: The list of brand names and plants involved in the egg recall expanded on Aug. 26. For an updated list, click Egg recall list expands.]
The egg recall has expanded again, this time involving a second Iowa egg company: Hillandale Farms of Iowa. The company said Friday some of its eggs, sold as late as Aug. 18, had the potential to be contaminated with salmonella.
The recall involves eggs distributed to 14 states: Arkansas, California, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin. The egg recall brands include: Hillandale Farms, Sunny Farms, and Sunny Meadow in a variety of packages, including in 6-egg, 12-egg, 18-egg, and 30-egg cartons as well as five-dozen cases.
In addition, loose eggs were packaged under the brand names Wholesome Farms and West Creek in 15- and 30-dozen tray packs. The loose eggs may also have been repackaged by customers.
Consumers are advised to check – again – the stamped numbers on the end of their egg cartons. The new egg recall involves two plants: P1663 and P1860 (the P stands for plant). If you have P1663 or P1860 stamped on your carton, look for the three-digit number nearby, often just to the right.
For cartons with P1663, the recall involves eggs packaged between 137 and 230 (the 137th day of the year is May 17; the 230th day is Aug. 18). For cartons stamped P1860, the recall involves eggs packaged between 099 and 230 (April 9 to Aug. 18).
Although most of these eggs have long ago been consumed, Hillandale Farms urges consumers to return any remaining eggs and cartons to the store where they were purchased. The stores should offer a full refund. If you have any questions, you can call the New Hampton, Iowa, company at (866) 262-4208.
This marks the third egg recall since Aug. 13. Wright County Egg, another Iowa producer, initiated the recall because federal and state officials had linked some of their eggs to illnesses associated with a surge in salmonella cases. On Wednesday, Wright County dramatically expanded the recall.
In announcing its recall Friday, Hillandale Farms confirmed that officials had linked some salmonella illnesses to its eggs. "There have been laboratory-confirmed Salmonella enteritidis illnesses associated with the shell eggs; the investigation is ongoing," the company said in a statement.
To find the eggs involved in the other two recalls, click here.