More than 550 million eggs were recalled in August, causing 2,400 illnesses around the United States. Consumers everywhere checked their cartons and threw out the bad eggs, but now, eggs sales are again on the upswing.
Sales of eggs are increasing, according to news reports. The industry is placing some of the reason for the upswing on a $1 million ad campaign emphasizing the industry's commitment to food safety.
"I think that ad campaign and what we did was really effective," said Jacques Klempf, president of the Jacksonville, Fla.-based Dixie Egg Company, one of the country's largest egg producers, to news reports. "We hit all the major markets and tried our best to put (out) some science and some reason."
But some consumers aren't so sure of the egg's safety, vowing to stick with organic eggs. Salmonella can contaminate eggs through bacteria in the chicken's intestines infecting the ovaries of healthy hens and contaminates the eggs before the shells are formed.
As a North Charleston foodborne illness attorney , I remind consumers that Salmonella is a serious food poisoning illness. The foodborne pathogen can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain
Eggs cooked thoroughly should not pose a health risk, however eggs served runny including sunny-side up, over- easy and added as an ingredient, such as raw cookie dough, could make people ill. Salmonella can cause serious and fatal infections, especially in children and elderly people.