23
Aug

Salmonella Poisoning - Egg Recall

egg recall, salmonella poisoning
On August 13, 2010, there was a voluntary nationwide recall of 30 million eggs by Wright County Egg Farms in Galt, Iowa. FDA investigation is ongoing. The eggs are sold under the following brand names: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph's, Boomsma's, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms, and Kemps. To put this in perspective, this represents less than 1% of all eggs produced in the U.S. Eggs affected can be found at www.fda.gov/safety/recalls/majorproductrecalls/ucm223522.htm.
Hundreds of cases of Salmonellosis have been diagnosed since June 2010, affecting people in California, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, Illinois, Texas, and Wisconsin. No deaths have been reported to date.
 
What is Salmonella?
Salmonella is a bacteria that is passed on in several ways. Chickens can have it in their feces or in their ovaries. Hence, it can be passed through the egg shells or be within the egg itself. As a result, there are stringent egg cleaning and testing procedures for hens throughout the country.
 
What are the signs and symptoms?
Fever, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, and vomiting can occur within 12 to 72 hours after consuming the undercooked contaminated egg. These symptoms can last up to approximately one week.
 
How can I prevent this infection?
First, check if your eggs are one of the eggs on the recall list. If so, return them in the original carton to the store. Check the dates and codes on the bottom of the egg carton. For detailed info, go to http://www.eggsafety.org/ or call the Egg Safety Media Hotline at (866) 272-5582.
 
Second and most important, the only safe egg is a fully cooked egg. So, cook your eggs thoroughly. That means fully boiled or cooked eggs and fully cooked scrambled eggs are safe. However, sunny-side up, over easy, runny scrambled eggs are not necessarily safe; eating them puts you at risk of contracting Salmonellosis, otherwise known as Salmonella poisoning.
Lastly, be aware of eating uncooked eggs or foods that contained uncooked eggs, especially when dining out. For example, Hollandaise sauce has uncooked eggs. Avoid it, whenever possible.
 
If infected, do we need to be treated?
Most children and adults do not need antibiotics. In fact, antibiotics prolong the length of time you are contagious. Usually, the only treatment needed is a bland diet with electrolyte drinks to help replenish the electrolytes lost through diarrhea.
Children less than three (3) months old, the elderly, and anyone who’s immunocompromised must be treated. Otherwise, the infection can spread into the blood, resulting in a serious and potentially deadly infection.
As always, if you or your child is sick, contact your doctor, if you have any questions.
8
Aug

Drop Side Cribs: One Step Closer to a Ban

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Nationwide, manufacturers are recalling their drop-side cribs left and right. Recently, over two (2) million drop-side cribs have been recalled due to an increased number of injuries and deaths. This brings the total to over nine (9) million drop-side cribs that have been recalled in the last five (5) years. Some crib manufacturers affected include Pottery Barn Kids, Simmons, Bexco, LaJobi, Jardine, Evenflo, Delta, Child Craft (out of business), Graco, Simplicity, Generation 2, ChilDESIGNS, Stork Craft, Simplicity, PlayKids USA, and L.A. Baby. Sadly, the list does not end here. It goes on and on. To check to see if your crib has been recalled, go to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission search at http://1.usa.gov/1ylfBdk
 
The injury or death can occur when the drop-side crib’s hardware comes loose, leaving a gap between the baby’s mattress and the rail, leading to suffocation or strangulation. Since 2000, these cribs have resulted in at least 32 deaths and 16 cases of entrapment in infants and toddlers, with another 14 deaths linked as well.

About two (2) weeks ago, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) (http://www.cpsc.gov/) proposed a new crib standard that cribs manufactured for sale or resale must have four (4) fixed sides. If passed, it is predicted that as early as Summer 2011, drop-side cribs will be banned sale, re-sale or use in stores, hotels, and daycare centers.

What should you do if you have a drop-side crib? Stop using it. Contact the manufacturer of your crib or search their website. Many are offering kits that will immobilize the rail. If no such kit is available, please consider replacing your crib. Although the deaths have been few, your child could become one of the rare ones. It is not worth taking the chance.

You can also go to the CPSC’s Crib Information Center @ U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission crib recall list.

If you have further questions, you can call the CPSC Recall Hotline at (800) 638-2772.

 
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