eggs.jpgBefore you dig into that omelet, maybe you should check the provenance of those eggs — an egg producer in Iowa has issued a recall on several brands of eggs that, according to ABC7, have sickened 266 Californians, 14 percent of whom were infected by eggs bought in the Bay Area.

The recall of the 228 million eggs is linked to salmonella cases believed to have been caused by consuming the tainted ovum. Salmonella, for those of you afraid you might have it (or those of you hoping to concoct an especially convincing sick-day call), typically presents with barfing, diarrhea, fever, and cramping between 8 and 72 hours after you eat something contaminated.

Health officials say that “because of the lab testing, we know it’s the same strain which is the strain that is in this outbreak,” and that in Santa Clara County alone, 38 people have tested positive for salmonella, with three falling so ill they required hospitalization.

If you have bad eggs, you can bring them back to the store for a refund. Here’s how to figure out if yours are being recalled — first, check to see if they’re any of the following brand names:

Lucerne
Albertson
Mountain Dairy
Ralph’s
Boomsma’s
Sunshine
Hillandale
Trafficanda
Farm Fresh
Shoreland
Lund
Dutch Farms
Kemps

Then look at the side of the carton. Says Consumerist: “The four-digit number following the “P” on the bottom line is the plant code. The affected eggs are from plant numbers are 1025, 1413 and 1946. Following the plant code is a 3-digit date code. The date codes for the recalled eggs range from 136 to 225. For example, the image at the top has the code P 1946 223, meaning those eggs have been recalled.”

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • John Murphy

    Shout out to Petaluma’s fine egg producers. You get what you pay for.

  • John Murphy

    Shout out to Petaluma’s fine egg producers. You get what you pay for.

  • Erik

    Thirteen brands of eggs from just three plants?

  • Erik

    Thirteen brands of eggs from just three plants?

  • Eve Batey

    Yup! My (admittedly limited) understanding is that that’s not unusual for large-scale farms. There’s probably a larger statement to be made about the “meaning” of a brand name, but I’m not the one to make it.

  • Eve Batey

    Yup! My (admittedly limited) understanding is that that’s not unusual for large-scale farms. There’s probably a larger statement to be made about the “meaning” of a brand name, but I’m not the one to make it.

  • Erik

    Probably they acquired most of the brands over time and just moved production to their own plants.

  • Erik

    Probably they acquired most of the brands over time and just moved production to their own plants.

  • Eve Batey

    That could be it! Another possibility, since many of those are “store” brands, is that they’re just packaging the same product for specific grocery stores at the store’s behest.

    Near where I grew up, there was a dairy farm we’d go to on field trips, and that’s how they did milk — it was one big vat, but they’d do runs of house brands for Kroger, Mr. D’s, PathMark, each in the stores’ branded jugs.

    And sometimes those store brand names were from brands the stores had acquired, too — so the real answer is probably a combination of all these scenarios.

  • Eve Batey

    That could be it! Another possibility, since many of those are “store” brands, is that they’re just packaging the same product for specific grocery stores at the store’s behest.

    Near where I grew up, there was a dairy farm we’d go to on field trips, and that’s how they did milk — it was one big vat, but they’d do runs of house brands for Kroger, Mr. D’s, PathMark, each in the stores’ branded jugs.

    And sometimes those store brand names were from brands the stores had acquired, too — so the real answer is probably a combination of all these scenarios.

  • Leanna Yip

    I love that you used the word “barfing.”

  • Leanna Yip

    I love that you used the word “barfing.”

  • Eve Batey

    Oh, thank you! I was trying to offset how ugly all the other symptoms are. I did not succeed!

  • Eve Batey

    Oh, thank you! I was trying to offset how ugly all the other symptoms are. I did not succeed!

  • Leanna Yip

    Barf is a more fun word than vomit. I consider this a success!

  • Leanna Yip

    Barf is a more fun word than vomit. I consider this a success!