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One of the nation’s largest egg producers is recalling 228 million eggs after being linked to an outbreak of salmonella poisoning.  As I tried to find whether my Lucerne brand eggs were effected this morning, I had one heck of a time deciphering the directions given by the media.  Now, an hour of research later, I’m an “Eggs-pert”, sharing with you what I’ve learned!  I hope this can make it quick and easy for you to check your eggs at home and make sure they’re safe!

First, a little Education (you know how hard I resisted writing “egg-ducation”?)

[Sep 3 2010] Sell-By-Date:  Eggs may still be used 2-3 weeks after their sell-by date.  In fact, they’re better for boiling and peeling once they’re older!  If you’re fluffing egg whites, you’ll want to use fresher eggs.

[217] Julian Date: The Julian date is a number between 1 and 365, which tells you the day of the year the eggs were packaged.  My eggs (above) were packaged on the 217th day of the year (which is August 5th).  The sell-by date will be 4-5 weeks (cannot exceed 30 days) after the Julian date.

[1292 A] Plant Number:  This usually begins with the letter P, but as you see, my eggs’ plant number is “1292A”.  I used this Handy Dandy Plantbook Query Page, to find where my eggs were laid!  My eggs came from Plant “1292 A”: Sunrise Farms, LLC in Petaluma, CA.  (I’m not going to be able to resist using that site in the future to find where my eggs are coming from)!

Egg Recall Questions Answered!

What states are affected by the egg recall?

Eggs affected by this recall were distributed to stores nationwide.

What brands of eggs are affected?

Eggs are packaged under the following brand names: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps.  Eggs are packed in varying sizes of cartons (6-egg cartons, dozen egg cartons, 18-egg cartons).

How do I tell if my eggs are being recalled?
Your eggs are affected by the recall if they have BOTH the plant number and Julian dates listed below.

(1) Determine what plant your eggs came from [Plant Number]: The plant numbers affected by the recall are: 1026, 1413, 1720, 1942 and 1946.  The plant number will usually be preceded by the letter P, ex: P-1946.

(2) Determine when your eggs were packaged [Julian Date]:  The recalled (bad) eggs will have a Julian Date ranging from 136-225, (May 16 through August 13).

What do I do if I have eggs that fall under the recall?

Consumers should return the eggs in the original carton to the store where they were purchased for a full refund.