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Egg Recall Hits Arizona, Threatens Runny Egg Lovers

Like your eggs runny? You might not, after reading this post.

Dr. Joli Weiss, foodborne disease epidemiologist for the Arizona Department of Health Services, confirms that some of the 228 million tainted eggs involved in the national recall making news all over the place were, in fact, distributed in Arizona.

(A press release from the FDA on Monday did not mention Arizona, but includes a list of stores possibly affected.)

Weiss says the FDA still doesn't know how many bad eggs made their way to the state; figuring out what went where is "like a spider web," she says, because of all the distributors along the way, though it is possible and she thinks the FDA is working on it.

(Get the recall dates and more after the jump.)

 

The recall dates for Wright County Egg in Iowa are May 16 to August 13, and involve a wide variety of local grocery stores and distributors, so you may well have eaten one (or a dozen) and not even known it.

Weiss did say that the number of cases of salmonella enteritidis -- the most common form of salmonella -- has doubled since June in the state, though there's no confirmation that every case was caused by the bad eggs in question. Salmonella can kill you, but most likely you'll just get a horrible case of the runs for four to seven days. Most people recover without treatment, Weiss says.

Still, you don't want them eggs in your basket. Weiss claims that eggs purchased today in a local grocery store will not be affected, though she warns that it's always best to cook your eggs thoroughly -- even if there isn't an egg recall on.

"It's probably the best prevention measure," Weiss says.

The Centers for Disease Control offers a list of other ways to stay safe.

You could also toss your eggs in the trash, like we did this morning. Just saying.

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Amy Silverman is a two-time winner of the Arizona Press Club’s Journalist of the Year award. Her work has appeared on the radio show This American Life and in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Lenny Letter, and Brain, Child. She’s the co-curator of the live reading series Bar Flies, and a commentator for KJZZ, the NPR affiliate in Phoenix. Silverman is the author of the book My Heart Can’t Even Believe It: A Story of Science, Love, and Down Syndrome (Woodbine House 2016). Follow her on Instagram (@amysilverman), Twitter (@amysilvermanaz), and at amy-silverman.com.