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Egg Farm in Salmonella Outbreak Identified

FDA says there was unacceptable rodent and insect activity!

FDA inspectors found an egg farm in North Carolina that is responsible for an outbreak of salmonella illness that sickened at least 35 people in a several state area. Upon inspection, dozens of live and dead rodents were found inside the hen houses and insects hovered throughout the farm. Employees were seen touching contaminated body parts and dirty surfaces while handling food.

PositiveTip: If you use eggs, they should be cooked thoroughly--and chosen from high-quality producers. (Discard any egg cartons with the plant numbers P-1065 or P-1359D)

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Are Eggs Healthy?

Eggs have long been vilified for their high cholesterol by many experts.

Although one of the richest sources of dietary cholesterol (200 mg per egg yolk), eggs also contain nutrients that may help lower the risk of heart disease such as monosaturated and polyunsaturated fats, biotin, choline, vitamin A, protein, and lutein (an antioxidant). This does not give permission to eating a daily 3-egg omelet! Watch out for the trimmings, too! Watch this video from the Harvard School of Public Health.

PositiveTip: Eggs may not be the optimal food choice, but they are certainly not the worst--when consumed moderately, no more than one per day.

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An Inside Look at Cage-free Eggs

Consumer demand is forcing fundamental changes in egg production.

While many followers of are choosing to forego the use of all eggs, many are seeking to purchase only cage-free eggs. With McDonald's leading the way, nearly all major fast food chains have announced they will sell nothing but cage-free eggs. This is causing a tidal wave of change throughout the egg industry--and no one knows who will pay for the significant increase in costs, but in the end it will be the consumers.

PositiveTip: The economics of cage-free eggs may force a reduction in cholesterol intake for many.

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Check Your Eggs Carefully!

More than 380 million eggs recalled due to Salmonella outbreak.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) observed a four-fold increase over the usual in cases of Salmonella enteritidis this summer. The source has been isolated to eggs produced by Wright County Egg of Iowa packaged under the following brands: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps.

PositiveTip: Don't eat recalled eggs (return them for a refund), discard cracked or dirty eggs, cook your eggs until white and yolk are firm, eat promptly, and avoid dishes made with raw or undercooked eggs.