Local Farmers Explain Salmonella Prevention Steps

By John W. Davis

August 23, 2010 Updated Aug 23, 2010 at 10:55 PM EDT

WARSAW, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - 550 million eggs have been recalled because of salmonella contamination in 22 states, including Indiana.

Meanwhile, all of the affected eggs were shipped from the state of Iowa.

However, Indiana's NewsCenter wanted to know what are local farmers doing to keep their eggs safe?

Executives at Creighton Brothers in Warsaw, Indiana said constant monitoring and testing is key in prevent a salmonella outbreak in Northeast Indiana.

Farmers at Creighton Brothers check back chicks, their feed supply and the environment inside and outside their plant for traces of salmonella.

It is a process that they voluntarily implemented in the 1990's.

"We wouldn't be around long if we didn't take that very seriously and so that's why we go to such steps... voluntary testing and everything as well as any kind of government oversight, mandated testing. We take it all very seriously," said Creighton Brothers Vice President Mindy Truex.

Creighton Brothers is a family-owned company that has been in business since 1925.

Meanwhile, if any shelled eggs were found to contain salmonella, they would not be shipped out.

The eggs would be sent to Creighton's "breaking plant".

At that plant, the eggs would be cracked open and pasteurized at a high temperature, which would effectively kill any lingering bacteria.

Across the nation, 1,300 cases of salmonella poisoning have been linked to the recall.

Meanwhile, experts believe that number will continue to go up.

According to the Journal Gazette, the Apple Glen and Southtown Crossing Walmart stores had three recalled brands on their shelves up until Friday, August 20.

Sunny Farms, Sunny Meadow and Hillandale Farms all have specific batches that have been recalled.

Locally, Meijer, Kroger and Scott's were not affected.

If you purchased any of the recalled brands, check your egg carton for plant number P-1860 with Julian dates between 99 to 230 or plant number P-1663 with Julian dates ranging from 137 to 230.

Any cartoon matching those specific numbers was recalled.

Do not eat any recalled eggs.

You can return them to the store for a refund.

Meanwhile, for egg safety tips, click the link in the related content section on this article.

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