Egg recall prompting local action

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Clearly posted signs are now going up in all Martin's stores. Employees were fielding so many questions about the egg recall that they wanted to make sure that customers knew that the eggs sold here are safe.

At least 10 states, dozens of brands, and 380 million eggs. Add it up, and thousands of people may have gotten sick. It's no surprise that shoppers across the country have concerns.

Martin's stores are making it clear they aren't affected. A Kroger spokesperson says they've been fielding a handful of questions at both the local and corporate level. No signs are up, but the chain is not affected here in Virginia.

Though the Commonwealth is not dealing with this outbreak, Dr. Peter Minneci with Primary Health Group Meadowbridge in Mechanicsville says salmonella cases show up from time to time, and he says the symptoms won't go unnoticed.

"They need to be concerned about diarrhea, fever, and cramping, abdominal cramping, and the worse scenario is that the diarrhea can be so bad that they get dehydrated," said Minneci.

Exposure to salmonella usually shows up within 12 to 24 hours and symptoms last for four to 7 days. Though drinking fluids is the main treatment, antibiotics might be prescribed in extreme cases.

To avoid salmonella exposure, be careful with your food. Wash your hands carefully before and after food preparation. Avoid eating raw or undercooked eggs, poultry, and meats. Also, wrap fresh meats in plastic bags at the grocery store to prevent fluids from dripping onto other foods.

Even if Virginia is eventually impacted, Martin's says it likely won't be. That's because these eggs do not come from any of the suppliers involved in the recall.

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