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Nationwide recall on eggs makes it to Michigan

More than 500 million eggs have been recalled due to more than 1,000 people getting sick from salmonella. And the Michigan Department of Agriculture confirmed Tuesday that some of those eggs have made it to Michigan.

No illnesses from the eggs have been reported here. The Michigan Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that the eggs weren’t sold directly to Michigan customers, but some food distributors sold the eggs to Michigan locations.

“This is a fluid, changing process as the investigation is ongoing. Federal, state, and local investigators follow the chain of evidence to identify the various channels of distribution,” said Don Koivisto, MDA Director. “The best advice I can give is be an informed consumer – ask where eggs are purchased and always cook your eggs well. And, always, the best rule of thumb is when in doubt, throw it out.”

The contaminated eggs have been traced to two Iowa egg producers—Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms. The recalls of eggs began on August 13 and were expanded on August 18 and 20.

Retailers, institutions, and food service facilities, particularly those serving high risk populations, such as nursing homes, senior citizen nutrition programs, schools or hospitals, should contact their suppliers to verify that they have not received recalled product. Firms receiving recalled products should follow disposition instructions from their supplier.

MDA continues to work with state and federal investigators to identify where the recalled eggs were distributed and will be conducting recall effectiveness checks to ensure recalled eggs are being removed from the marketplace.

The eggs were packaged under a variety of names. Visit http://www.fda.gov/Food/NewsEvents/WhatsNewinFood/ucm223536.htm to see if your eggs are affected.

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