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Organic Eggs Linked To Salmonella Sickness Sold In Michigan

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DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - Contaminated organic eggs, which Minnesota agriculture and health officials have linked to six cases of salmonella sickness, have made it to Michigan.

The Department of Agriculture says it’s traced the contaminated eggs to the Larry Schultz Organic Farm in Owatonna where tests confirmed the presence of salmonella.

Health officials say six people in the Twin Cities area, both children and adults, got sick between Aug. 12 and Sept. 24. Three people were hospitalized, but have since recovered.

Eggs included in the recall have been distributed to restaurants, grocery stores, food wholesalers and food service companies in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan under the brand names of Lunds & Byerlys Organic, Kowalski’s Organic and Larry Schultz Organic Farm.

Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis.

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Don’t eat recalled eggs. Consumers who have recalled eggs should discard them or return them to their retailer for a refund. Individuals who think they might have become ill from eating recalled eggs should consult their health care providers. If consumers are unsure about the source of their eggs, they are urged not to eat them and to discard them immediately.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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