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Eggs from Iowa farms could come to table near you

  • Janet Weaver, of Des Moines, Iowa, shops for eggs at a Dahl's grocery store, Monday, Aug. 23, 2010, in Des Moines, Iowa. A sign on the cooler said the eggs were not effected by the recall. Two Iowa farms have recalled more than a half-billion eggs linked to as many as 1,300 cases of salmonella poisoning. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The Iowa hens at the heart of a massive recall are still laying eggs that could end up on a table near you. And food safety experts say that's OK.

The eggs will first be pasteurized to rid them of any salmonella. Then they can be sold as liquid eggs or added to other products.

Officials from the two farms that have recalled more than a half-billion eggs say there's no reason not to use the eggs while federal officials investigate the outbreak. Wright Egg Farms and Hillandale Farms issued the recall after learning that salmonella may have sickened as many as 1,300 people.

Spokeswomen for the farms said their hens are still laying several million eggs a day. Those eggs are being sent to facilities where their shells are broken and the contents pasteurized.

Hillandale Farms spokeswoman Julie DeYoung said the operation has 2 million birds that lay an egg about every 26 hours.


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