Montana has joined the list of states affected by the ongoing shell egg recall over concerns of possible salmonella contamination.

The Food and Drug Administration says Sparboe Farms, a packaging company based in Litchfield, Minn., is voluntarily recalling eggs from Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms in Iowa that might be contaminated. Those eggs were bound for several states, including Montana.

Jon Ebelt, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Health and Human Services, says the FDA identified Wal-Mart stores in Billings, Miles City and Laurel as having received the potentially tainted eggs.

Melissa Tuemmler with the agency's food and consumer safety division says that as of Monday afternoon there have not been any reported cases of salmonella poisoning in Montana that could be traced to the Iowa eggs.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Consumers with questions should visit or call the Egg Safety Media Hotline at 404-367-2761.


Information from: Independent Record,