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Update: FDA identifies possible source in Iowa egg recall

by Danielle Wagner

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- The Food and Drug Administration positively identified a source for the salmonella in eggs Thursday.

Investigators with the FDA found salmonella bacteria in feed that was given to chickens at both Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms.

The FDA said it's too early to conclude the feed is the one and only source of the salmonella contamination.

Investigators with the FDA were on site at Wright County Eggs and took approximately 600 samples.

The egg recall involving Wright County Eggs and Hillandale Farms in Iowa is the largest salmonella outbreak reported since the start of outbreak surveillance in the late 1970s.

The FDA confirmed its findings during a phone conference Thursday.

"Feed from this feed mill goes to Wright County and Hillandale. As far as we know, at this time it is not distributed elsewhere," said Dr. Jeff Farrar with the FDA.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said reports of illness from salmonella are still coming in. But fortunately, there are no deaths.

"Between May 1 and August 25, 2010 a total of 2,403 illnesses reported. However, some cases from this time frame have not been reported yet and some cases may *not be related to this outbreak," said Dr. Christopher Braden with the CDC.

The FDA continues to investigate the salmonella outbreak and will report new information as it becomes available.

"We do not know at this point how, when or where this feed may have been contaminated. That's part of our ongoing investigation, and we'll work very hard to try and determine that," said Dr. Farrar.

The FDA said it's also possible for more brands of eggs to be added to the recall list, but again, at this time they don't believe the contaminated feed went to any farms besides Wright County and Hillandale.

Both farms have agreed not to sell shell eggs to consumers until they get FDA approval.

Instead, the eggs are sold to pasteurized egg farms. The FDA wants to remind people pasteurized eggs and thoroughly cooked eggs are fine to eat.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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