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The eggs are ‘cage free,’ but are recalled because they might not be salmonella free

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Salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses and 450 deaths in the U.S. every year, according to the CDC. The bacteria is typically transmitted through contaminated food, but some simple preventative measures can keep you from getting sick.

Gravel Ridge Farms heard perhaps the last thing an egg producer wants to hear from the FDA: Your product might have salmonella.

As a result, the company has stopped producing its Cage Free Large Eggs and has recalled the eggs, sold by the dozen and in 30-count containers.

The company-written, FDA-posted recall notice says, “The recall was initiated because reported illnesses were confirmed at locations using Gravel Ridge Farm Eggs, and we are voluntarily recalling out of an abundance of caution.”

Also the notice says Thursday, Gravel Ridge Farms “was notified by FDA that the product they supplied may be contaminated with salmonella.”

About 1.2 million Americans get salmonella each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control, bringing fever, stomachaches, vomiting and diarrhea. In about 23,000 cases per year, the diarrhea is bad enough to require hospitalization.

The eggs went to distributors June 25 through Thursday and have use by dates of July 25 through Oct. 18. But Gravel Ridge Farms requests that any of its eggs in refrigerators be thrown out, no matter the expiration date.

Recalled eggs went primarily to stores in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. In a rarity for an FDA recall, a partial list of retailers was provided.

Atlanta: Candler Park Market, Grant Park Market, Westview Corner Market, Sevananda Natural Foods, The Merchantile.

Birmingham, Alabama: Piggly Wigglys in Clairemont, River Run, Crestline, Bluff Park, Dunnavent Valley, Wiggly Warrior and Homewood; Western Markets in Mt. Brook and Rocky Ridge.

Other parts of Alabama: A Foodland in Eva and one in Priceville; two Warehouse Discount Grocery stores in Cullman, one in Hanceville; Star Market in Huntsville; and Manna Grocery in Tuscaloosa.

Customer questions can be directed to Dustin Smith at 205-363-1105, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time.

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