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Egg Recall Expanded; Over Half-Billion Eggs Affected

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A second Iowa-based company has initiated a recall of 170 million of their eggs that may be tainted, according to an AP Report. "The eggs recalled Friday were distributed under the brand names Hillandale Farms, Sunny Farms, Sunny Meadow, Wholesome Farms and West Creek. The new recall applies to eggs sold between April and August." These eggs were sold in California, among other states.

The FDA says there is a likely link between this new recall and the Wright County Egg recall. "The latest recall puts the total number of potentially tainted eggs at about 550 million." Consumers are advised to return or throw out the eggs. According to federal officials, this is "one of the largest egg recalls in recent history."

The cause of the outbreak could be either contaminated hens, rodent infestation in the processing plant, or contaminated feed; salmonella is passed from "rodent droppings to chickens...This strain of bacteria is found inside a chicken's ovaries, and gets inside an egg."