The U. S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner said Aug. 23 there may be more recalls of eggs in the salmonella outbreak and the agency did not yet know how the eggs and chickens were contaminated.
“We don’t know exactly how the contamination got into the chicken population, into the egg population, and we’re not yet fully sure the extent of the recall that will be necessary to protect consumers,” FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
“We are in the midst of probably the largest egg recall that has happened in recent history,” she said.
Federal regulators said Aug. 20 that a second Iowa egg farm, Hillandale Farms of Iowa, voluntarily recalled eggs as part of a U. S. salmonella outbreak that is linked to almost 300 illnesses across the United States.
That brings the total recall to 550 million eggs that were distributed in 22 states.
Hamburg’s advice for consumers was to prepare food properly, keep the eggs refrigerated, wash hands before and after handling eggs and cook the egg thoroughly.
“No more runny egg yolks for mopping up with toast,” she said.