Second Iowa farm recalls eggs in salmonella sweep – for Aug. 30, 2010

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A second Iowa egg farm is recalling eggs as part of an investigation into a U.S. salmonella outbreak that is linked to almost 300 illnesses across the country, federal regulators said Aug. 20.

Hillandale Farms of Iowa is voluntarily recalling shell eggs potentially contaminated with salmonella in an expanding national egg recall that is among the largest in recent years, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

“Through tracebacks conducted as part of its ongoing investigation into the increase of Salmonella Enteritidis illnesses nationwide, FDA and the State of Minnesota identified Hillandale Farms in Iowa as a second potential source of contaminated shell eggs,” FDA said in a statement.

The first potential source is another Iowa egg producer, Wright County Egg, which recalled 380 million eggs on Aug. 19.

With more than 270 illnesses in California, Colorado and Minnesota traced to Iowa, FDA said salmonella probes continued in 13 states, including on-site at the two farms.

Around 2,000 people were reported sick with salmonella in the United States from May to July, almost triple the norm.

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