Egg recall arouses concern

Cayman grocers in the clear

Representatives from Cayman’s three
major supermarkets say the recall of at least a half of a billion eggs in the
United States has raised some concerns among shoppers here, but so far the
recall does not include local stores’ batch of eggs.

“Presently we do not have a
problem,” said Hurley’s manager, Vinton Smithson. “All of our stuff is checked
before it comes on the island, and our batch was not inclusive of the affected
eggs.”

He added that the store has been
paying close attention to the situation with their overseas suppliers, as many
customers were concerned.

The situation at Foster’s Food Fair
IGA is the same. Manager Gregory Mitchell said that the chain is not affected
by the recall because, “we don’t carry any of the companies that produced the
tainted eggs.”

Mr. Mitchell added that though some
shoppers expressed concern to the supermarket, the company is satisfied that it
has all the mechanisms in place to detect any recall that might affect them and
to keep up to date on disseminating information with regard to such
occurrences. That is part of Foster’s standard public relations procedures, he
said.

Kirk’s Supermarket said in a
statement:  “Kirk Supermarket would like
to inform the general public that they are not affected by this recall, as we
do not purchase products from this supplier.” 

The salmonella outbreak in the
United States that has sickened more than 1,00 people, has been linked to two
farms in Iowa.

Eggs recalled were distributed
under the brand names Hillandale Farms, Sunny Farms, Sunny Meadow, Wholesome
Farms and West Creek and were sent to grocery distribution centres, retail groceries
and food service companies, which service or are located in 14 states,
including Arkansas, California, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota,
Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin.

Officials from the US Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention have said, “Illnesses related to the outbreak is
expected to grow. The most common symptoms of salmonella are diarrhoea,
abdominal cramps and fever, within eight to 72 hours of eating a contaminated
product. Infection is especially threatening to those with weakened immune systems.”

Thoroughly cooking eggs can kill
the bacteria, but health officials recommend that eggs associated with the
recall be thrown away or returned.  

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