After the recent recall almost 600 million eggs, I thought it would be a good time to reveal to consumers the dangers of eggs and the products they are in.
Salmonella is a genus of rod-shaped, Gram-negative, non-spore forming, predominately motile enterobacteria with diameters around 0.7 to 1.5 µm, lengths from 2 to 5 µm, and flagella which project in all directions.
What the f*ck does this mean for you? Well according to researchers:
“Salmonella infections are zoonotic and can be transferred between humans and nonhuman animals. Many infections are due to ingestion of contaminated food. A distinction is made between enteritis Salmonella and typhoid/paratyphoid Salmonella, where the latter — because of a special virulence factor and a capsule protein (virulence antigen) — can cause serious illness, such as Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica serovar Typhi, or Salmonella typhi). Salmonella typhi. is adapted to humans and does not occur in animals.”
A.K.A. this shit will get you sick!!!! Salmonella is normally found in animals, is terrible for you when ingested, and can live for years even when outside of a body. They have found living bacteria from salmonella in the poop of humans even 2.5 years after it’s been outside of the body!
And this is why the eggs were recalled, because they found traces of salmonella in a sample section of eggs tested within the factory. The largest distributers of these eggs are two companies based out of Iowa, one of them known as “Wright Farms”. Since the ‘voluntary’ recall on August 13th, this statement was released:
“Eggs affected by this recall were distributed to food wholesalers, distribution centers and foodservice companies in California, Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. These companies distribute nationwide.
Eggs are packaged under the following brand names: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps. Eggs are packed in varying sizes of cartons (6-egg cartons, dozen egg cartons, 18-egg cartons) with Julian dates ranging from 136 to 225 and plant numbers 1026, 1413 and 1946. Dates and codes can be found stamped on the end of the egg carton. The plant number begins with the letter P and then the number. The Julian date follows the plant number, for example: P-1946 223.”
This is the largest recall of eggs in world history. Well that’s great and all, but how does just recalling the eggs that may or may not contain the bacteria ensure our safety?
Long story short folks, there’s not a better time to go vegan. Or at least avoid eggs. I know a lot of fitness freaks love the crude protein and nutrients (and cholesterol) but eggs just aren’t a great addition to your breakfast. Anything that has a known background of containing this bacteria isn’t really something that should be advised to include in a healthy diet.
So if you’re going to eat eggs anyway, is there a way to protect yourself? Maybe:
“A more recent study in 2002 showed that only about 1 in every 30,000 was contaminated. Apparently, the bacteria live in the infected ovaries of the hen and are carried over to the egg white. The best way to protect yourself from eggs that might contain salmonella, is to cook your eggs at 160 F for 1 minute or more.”
If you’re the smart person realizing the danger eggs can have for you and your family, regardless of how high you cook them, then there’s more to consider when thinking about this egg recall. Thousands upon thousands of food items contain egg. I’ve compiled a broad list here for reference:
Products containing Eggs:
Batters for frying, Bavarian Cream, Bouillons, Breads. Breaded Foods, Cakes, Commercial Egg Substitutes, Fritters, Frostings, French Toast, Griddle Cakes, Glazed Baked Goods, Hollandaise Sauce, Ices, Ice Cream, Icings, Macaroni, Macaroons, Malted Cocoa Drinks, Mayonnaise, Marshmallows, Meatloaf, Meringue, Noodles, Pastas, Pancakes,Pancake Mix, Puddings, Processed Meat Products, Salad Dressings (Creamy), Sauces, Sausages, Sherberts, Souffles, Spaghetti, Soups, Specialty Coffee Drinks, Tarter Sauce, Waffles, Waffle Mix, Wines (cleared with egg whites).
So pay attention not only to the eggs in the shells still lingering in your fridge, they’re hiding in almost everything in your pantry!!!