Federal, state and local health officials are investigating an outbreak of Salmonella Oranienburg that has affected eight people in three states –Missouri (6), Illinois (1) and Kansas (1).
Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback investigations identified shell eggs distributed by Good Earth Egg Company of Bonne Terre, Missouri as the likely source of this outbreak.
This has prompted a recall yesterday by the Good Earth Egg Company all of its shell eggs because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Various sizes of shell eggs are packaged in the following ways: 6-count cartons, 10-count cartons, 12-count cartons, 18-count cartons, 15 dozen cases, and 30 dozen cases. The dates and codes on the cartons and cases will include everything before and including date code 252 – Sell By 10/8/16, with “Packed for” or “Produced for Good Earth Egg Company.”
Recalled Good Earth Egg Company products were distributed throughout the Midwest, including Missouri, Illinois and Kansas, to supermarkets, wholesalers, restaurants, institutions, and direct sales to customers.
The strain of Salmonella Oranienburg in this outbreak also is closely related genetically to a Salmonella Oranienburg strain from a 2015 outbreak linked to the Good Earth Egg Company. In the 2015 outbreak, 52 people infected with the outbreak strain were reported from six states.