Organic Eggs Sold Locally Tied to Salmonella; 6 Sick

Salmonella from organic eggs that came from an Owatonna farm were sold at grocery stores and co-ops throughout the Twin Cities; the eggs have sickened at least six people.

Salmonella illnesses in at least six Minnesotans are connected to a recall of organic shell eggs that originated in Owatonna and were sold at well-known grocery stores throughout the Twin Cities, according to state officials.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday that the contaminated eggs were traced back to Larry Schultz Organic Farm in Owatonna, and environmental testing confirmed the presence of salmonella enteritidis.

The illnesses occurred in both children and adults-all of whom live in the seven-county Twin Cities metro area. They became sick between August 12 and September 24. Three of the individuals were hospitalized, but they have since recovered. Five of the six people who became ill reported that the contaminated eggs came from grocery stores or co-ops.

Among the several dozen stores and co-ops where the contaminated eggs were sold are: Whole Foods locations in Duluth, Minneapolis, and Minnetonka; Seward Co-op in Minneapolis; The Wedge in Minneapolis; all Kowalski's Markets; two Mississippi Market locations in St. Paul; and Bryn Mawr Market in Minneapolis.

Eggs from Larry Schultz Organic Farm are packaged under various brand names, including Lunds & Byerly's Organic, Kowalski's Organic, and Larry Schultz Organic Farm. The eggs were packed in bulk and in six-, 12-, and 18-egg cartons.

The eggs affected by the recall were distributed to restaurants, grocery stores, food wholesalers, and foodservice companies in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with salmonella often experience diarrhea, fever, and abdominal pain.

To see a full list of the stores and co-ops where the eggs tied to salmonella were sold, click here.