If you recently bought organic brown eggs from a Costco, Safeway, or Pack ‘n’ Save in California or Nevada, you should check to make sure they’re not part of yet another salmonella recall. [MSNBC] (Photo: Bonzo McGrue)


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  1. Jfielder says:

    Um, they are raw chicken eggs… I thought salmonella was fairly common in them. Either that or my mother always told me that to try and keep my hands out of the cookie dough.

    • Porntipsguzzardo_GitEmSteveDave says:

      @jfielder23: Some people use pasteurized eggs. But I don’t think they can be organic if they are pasteurized(If I am wrong, please let me know).

      Stuff like this reminds me of the scene in “28 days” when they go into the supermarket, and the organic fruit is rotten, but the irradiated fruit is still edible.

    • LandruBek says:

      @jfielder23: Depends what you mean by “common.” In this study they estimated salmonella in the egg at the rate of one per 30,000. So, you could eat two raw eggs a day for the next 20 years, and you’d have only a 50-50 chance of getting an unlucky egg in that group.

  2. yagisencho says:

    Thank goodness, we don’t have any of these. Because we finished them off last week. 0_o

    On the plus side, no salmonella poisoning to report.

    • Porntipsguzzardo_GitEmSteveDave says:

      @yagisencho: I ate two jars of the recalled peanut butter from two years ago. I think as long as you have a pretty healthy immune system/no GI problems, you won’t feel a thing.

      • floraposte says:

        @Single-n-Bitter_GitEmSteveDave: You may not have felt a thing because your peanut butter wasn’t contaminated, though. Even if it was in a recalled lot–and depending on how you’re counting two years, it might not have been–that doesn’t mean it had salmonella in it. The effects are minimized if you’re young and healthy, but if you get a big enough payload, you’ll certainly still feel a thing.

  3. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    What came first? The chicken or the salmonella?

  4. Joewithay says:

    @pecan PI: That is easy as PI, Salmonella since bacteria have been on this earth for a lot longer than the chicken

    • gStein_*|bringing starpipe back|* says:

      @Joewithay: you’re comparing apples to oranges- salmonella is a subspecies of bacteria, and chicken is a subspecies of animal.

      (although i believe your assumption is still correct)

  5. Jabberkaty says:

    I feel like playing Russian Roulette with my cookie dough. Always have. Always will.

    I’m going to die a horrible painful death. But I’m licking the bowl, gorramit.

  6. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    Jabberkaty: Does store bought cookie dough have raw egg in it?

  7. Oranges w/ Cheese says:

    So um, wait. Don’t Eggs always have salmonella in them?

    • oneandone says:

      @Oranges w/ Cheese: My thought also…. I checked the article to see if there was some new salmonella superbug they were worried about (maybe the salmonella equivalent of E. coli O157:H7?) but no news. Maybe it’s a flesh-eating salmonella. That would be REALLY nasty. Diarrhea + necrosis…. eww.

      • oneandone says:

        @oneandone: Actually, now that I’m thinking about it for a momement, the severe kind of salmonella is typhoid. Can eggs be contaminated with typhoid? CDC seems to say no ([www.cdc.gov]) but maybe there’s something the egg farmers know that they’re trying to control.

    • 2 replies says:

      @Oranges w/ Cheese: “Don’t Eggs always have salmonella in them?”

      Only if the fowl is infected with salmonella, or if the egg isn’t pasteurized
      (which most ‘organic’ ones aren’t). [news.bbc.co.uk]

    • JohnDeere says:

      @Oranges w/ Cheese: 1/10,000

    • Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ã‚œ-゜ノ) says:

      @Oranges w/ Cheese: Thank GOD they don’t. Lightly salted eggs over easy fried in butter = all is right in the world.

      • failurate says:

        @Applekid: Or in bacon fat. Then we got to doing the fortune cookie “in bed” game, but substituted “in bacon fat”. Laughs all around. Paula Dean would proud.

  8. failurate says:

    The store is actually called “Pick ‘n Save”.

  9. Kuonji says:

    God damnit. Yes. I just bought O Organics brown eggs two days ago :

  10. dulcinea47 says:

    Even if you ate these, if you cook the eggs, you won’t get salmonella.

    Egg in store bought dough has been pasturized.

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  12. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    For the love of God, no, the reply button isn’t working!! Blasted reply button! But no, it hasn’t been working for weeks for a great deal of people…and it HAS been working for weeks for a great deal of people. But alas, I am not one of them.

  13. I_am_Awesome says:

    I think it’s funny that only brown eggs were recalled. Perhaps the universe is punishing people who assume brown eggs are better for you just because they’re brown.

    • Illiterati says:

      @I_am_Awesome: I have a few laying hens, and some lay brown eggs, some lay blue eggs. My neighbors only want the brown ones because they think they’re healthier. I tried explaining how the pigment goes on right before the egg is laid and has no affect on the nutritional value, but they wouldn’t believe me. Whatever, as long as they buy my eggs!

  14. JohnDeere says:

    its not the egg, its the paint that they use to make them look brown.

  15. TEW says:

    When will this madness stop? If you can’t get salmonella from pasteurized eggs then do you have to be worried about eating them raw? I do find it funny that by eating the “unhealthy” eggs with all of the chemicals I will be fine during the outbreak.

  16. watchout5 says:

    I thought this too, if the egg is organic doesn’t it also imply the chickens are free range? There’s never been a case of a free range chicken getting salmonella ever. This is horrible, the organic eggs they’re buying aren’t even organic.

    • failurate says:

      @watchout5: I don’t think organic implies free range. Maybe free range implies organic though.

      • failurate says:

        @failurate: had that backwords… and you are right. Organic does imply free range or at least cage free.

        • SavitriPleiades says:

          @failurate: I don’t think organic implies free range or cage free. I think it implies that they eat “organic” feed. Even “free range” or “cage free” is misleading – the terms simply refer to the chickens having *access* to the outside (which can be a 1’x1′ patch of fenced in land) – it doesn’t mean the chickens are raised on pasture. For that, you need to find “pastured” eggs. And as long as the chickens are healthy and the eggs are stored properly, the chance of salmonella is tiny.

    • RedwoodFlyer says:

      @watchout5: +1 to you guys for buying non-battery cage eggs!

  17. RandaPanda says:

    @ JohnDeere (my reply button isn’t working either… :-(

    Brown paint on the eggs reminds me of a friend of mine. We were travelling, driving through the country and pass some chicken coops with all the lights in the coops on. My friend (who is pretty naive, I admit) says, “I wonder why the lights are all on in the chicken coop.” to which I quip, “If they turn the lights off at night, the chickens lay brown eggs.”

    My friend looks at me, and says, “REALLY? I didn’t know that!” I cracked up (no pun intended).

  18. Grabraham says:

    Brown eggs are local eggs and local eggs are fresh!

    • Illiterati says:

      @Grabraham: Brown eggs are from brown-egg-laying chickens (Rhode Island reds, barred rocks, etc.), and those chickens can live anywhere in the country, while their brown eggs are trucked to your local market. Rhode Island reds are egg-laying machines, so the brown eggs you buy in the store are probably from RIRs.

      Backyard chicken eggs are the best. My chickens’ eggs are brown (barred rocks) and blue (Ameraucanas), and are definitely local (my chicken house) and fresh (usually laid a few minutes before breakfast!). And a great source of afternoon amusement!

  19. RogueWarrior says:

    Bah! That’s what you get for buying that overpriced B.S. more commonly known as “organic”. Personally, I like to rub the inorganic foodstuffs on the organic stuff. Makes me feel rebellious.