The Alabama Department of Public Health, in collaboration with the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries, is currently investigating an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness among persons who attended a catered event on July 30 and consumed eggs from a Cullman County farm.
Evidence from the investigation shows that Gravel Ridge Farms in Cullman County is the likely source of the eggs associated with the outbreak. The firm was notified and has been cooperative with the investigation. Gravel Ridge Farms issued a voluntary recall Sept. 8 of the eggs and ceased distribution to retailers and customers.
The products were distributed between June 25 and Sept. 6. These products were packaged in a cardboard container and sold primarily in restaurants and retail stores in AL, GA, and TN. Consumers who have purchased these products can return to store for refund or discard the product immediately. If any consumers have Gravel Ridge Farms eggs in their refrigerator, they should be discarded, regardless of the date stamped on the package. Consumers with questions may call Dustin Smith at 205-363-1105 M-F Between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m..
The following retail stores carried the product:
Piggly Wiggly Clairemont
Piggly Wiggly River Run
Piggly Wiggly Crestline
Piggly Wiggly Bluff Park
Piggly Wiggly Dunnavent Valley
Piggly Wiggly Warrior
Piggly Wiggly Homewood
Western Market Mt. Brook
Western Market Rocky Ridge
Warehouse Discount Grocery Hanceville
Warehouse Discount Grocery Cullman 2 locations
Star Market Huntsville
Manna Grocery Tuscaloosa
The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.
This recall is being made with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration.
Individuals who consumed an undercooked food item made with eggs were almost four times more likely to become ill than those who did not consume the food. Two of the ill have confirmed salmonella enteritidis infection.
Most of those affected have recovered fully.
Salmonellosis, caused by the bacteria Salmonella, is a common foodborne pathogen. It is typically acquired via consumption of raw or undercooked eggs, poultry, milk products and meat. Symptoms which include diarrhea, fever, vomiting and abdominal cramps usually last for several days. Those at risk of severe illness include children under the age of 5 years, older adults, and individuals with weakened immune systems.
The following measures can be taken to prevent salmonellosis:
· Thoroughly cook eggs and meat products
· Wash hands before, during, and after food preparation
· Avoid raw, undercooked and/or unpasteurized foods
This investigation is ongoing and updates will be provided, as necessary, in the interest of public health. For more information regarding retail stores that carried the product, visit the company’s announcement on the FDA’s recall website for a listing.