Washington?: A top US egg producer expandedits recall to include 380 million chicken eggs that could becontaminated with salmonella bacteria, in one of the largestsuch recalls in recent history.
Without linking it directly to Wright County Egg, theadministration said the outbreak was more than twice thenormal number of salmonella cases for the period. The FDA said, however, that infected rodents many havespread salmonella in Wright chicken farms. The company said it has decided to pasteurize all itsfresh stocks of eggs to kill off any salmonella bacteria. Salmonella is spread most often by the consumption offood contaminated by animal fecal matter, according to healthexperts. The microbe usually flourishes within the intestinaltracts of fowl and mammals. An estimated 400,000 people are infected with food-bornesalmonella each year in the United States, according to theCenters for Disease control and Prevention. The Egg Safety Center has estimated the risk ofsalmonella infected eggs at one in 20,000, meaning the US consumer can be eating eggs for 84 years beforefinding a tainted one. PTI