Each year, approximately 80 billion eggs are produced in the United States, according to the Egg Safety Center. CNN reports the current egg recall involves about half a billion eggs because of a salmonella outbreak.
Hillandale Farms has recalled about 170 million eggs and Wright County Egg has recalled about 380 million eggs. Read the complete list of recalled eggs here.
Approximately 1,300 cases of salmonella have been reported and linked to the eggs from Hillandale Farms and Wright County Egg. The recall has extended to 17 states.
Chickens can have salmonella without getting sick, but when humans contract the disease, they show symptoms.
Officials do not expect any more recalls, but they are still undergoing inspections to prevent additional outbreaks.
Here are some tips to prevent your family from contracting salmonella:
-Do not keep eggs warm or at room temperature for more than two hours.
-Cook eggs until the white and the yolk are firm, and eat promptly.
-Throw away any dirty or cracked eggs.
-Wash hands any time you come in contact with raw eggs.
Moral of the story: Be careful! Better safe than sorry!