August 21, 2010 / 12:53 AM / 9 years ago

Second Iowa farm recalls eggs in salmonella sweep

Some of the thousands of eggs produced each day by caged hens are seen stacked up at an egg farm in California, in this file picture taken July 29, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Blake/Files

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A second Iowa egg farm is recalling eggs as part of an investigation into a U.S. salmonella outbreak that is linked to almost 300 illnesses across the country, federal regulators said on Friday.

Hillandale Farms of Iowa Inc is voluntarily recalling shell eggs potentially contaminated with salmonella in an expanding national egg recall that is among the largest in recent years, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

“Through tracebacks conducted as part of its ongoing investigation into the increase of Salmonella Enteritidis illnesses nationwide, FDA and the State of Minnesota identified Hillandale Farms in Iowa as a second potential source of contaminated shell eggs,” FDA said in a statement.

The first potential source is another Iowa egg producer, Wright County Egg, which recalled 380 million eggs on Thursday.

With more than 270 illnesses in California, Colorado and Minnesota traced to Iowa, FDA said salmonella probes continue in 13 states, including on-site at the two farms.

Around 2,000 people were reported sick with salmonella in the United States from May to July, almost triple the norm.

Salmonella can cause fever, diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain and sometimes more serious illness or death.

The sweeping egg recalls come just weeks after a new FDA rule took effect on July 9 requiring large-scale producers to practice better safety and to test in the poultry house for salmonella bacteria.

Hillandale Farms’ eggs were sold in 14 states under various brand names including Sunny Farms, Sunny Meadow, Wholesome Farms and West Creek.

Reporting by Alina Selyukh; Editing by Peter Cooney and Vicki Allen

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