ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – At least six Minnesota residents have been diagnosed with salmonella poisoning that’s been connected to organic egg shells, according to officials with the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Officials said the contaminated eggs were traced back to the Larry Schultz Organic Farm of Owatonna, where testing showed the presence of salmonella.

The farm is coopering with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and has recalled its affected products. The individuals became ill between Aug. 12 and Sept. 24. The individuals are both children and adults and they are residents of the seven county metro area.

Three of the six were hospitalized but have recovered. Five of the six reported eating eggs from the Larry Schultz Organic Farm that were purchased at either grocery stores or co-ops.

Eggs that were affected by the recall were sent to restaurants, grocery stores, food wholesalers and food service companies in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.

For a complete list of the eggs involved in the recall, head to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture web site.

Comments (9)
  1. Jake says:

    So much for the ‘organic’ market being ‘healthier’ or ‘safer’. I’ll take my chances on the REGULAR produce, thank you vedddy much. Organic is OVERRATED and overhyped, IMO. A marketing tool to increase profits, that’s all.

    1. Sam says:

      Yeah, you’d never see a non-organic, mass produced product infect a large number of people with an illness. There’s never been a mass recall of beef, or spinach, or lettuce-
      Wait a minute.

      The reason people go for organic isn’t because they believe there aren’t bacteria on these foods. It’s because they don’t want the chemicals, excessive use of antibiotics (which create drug-resistant strains of some very nasty illnesses), and genetic engineering in their food.
      It’s also something that started with demand, rather than supply. It used to be that you couldn’t get organic except from little out of the way stores. Nobody was told “you should pay more for this.” Rather, people said “I want to pay more for this.”

      1. Robespierre says:

        Sam, that’s too commonsensical for most people! These are people who wouldn’t recognize a better or more prudent idea, principle or concept if they were kicked in the butt by it!!

  2. HN says:

    Notice there’s no reporter attached to this story? Hello?

  3. Pavel says:

    Am I missing something in this article? In one sentence it says the salmonellla is the result of contaminated egg shells. Later it says the contamination was eggs. What is the true contamination?

  4. Organic Avenger says:

    A good friend of mine is an organic farm inspector. He tells me that he suspects that some farmers cheat on the regs and hide the stuff they’re not supposed to have so they can get his blessing. In other words, the stuff might not even be legitimately organic. But all it needs to do is give the granola munchers a warm fuzzy. For these pea-brained orga-drones it just needs to say organic and they’re happy.

  5. Billy says:

    Organic is one of the biggest ripp-offs of the 21st century.

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