Bonne Terre, MO egg facility reopens after salmonella found
BONNE TERRE, MO (KFVS) - The Good Earth Egg Company's facility in Bonne Terre, Missouri has reopened after follow-up testing found no salmonella.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services recently conducted testing that was negative for salmonella. The facility is now able to reopen after being ordered to close on Dec. 18 until cleaning and re-sampling could be completed.
According to the company, the facility underwent the cleaning and remediation efforts over the past weekend.
However, DHSS urges people that may have already bought eggs from the Good Earth Egg Company to fully cook their eggs to 165 degrees, avoid cross contamination of raw eggs with ready to eat foods and wash their hands after handling eggs. Alternatively, consumers may choose to throw away any older products from the company.
Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, vomiting, fever and/or stomach cramps.
It usually develops within six to 72 hours after a consumer's exposure to salmonella bacteria and generally lasts three to seven days.
Salmonella bacteria can be transmitted from person to person.
Some people who are infected may have no symptoms at all, but may still transmit the salmonella bacteria to others.
The spread of salmonella from person to person may be avoided by careful hand washing with soap and water, particularly after using the restroom.
Consumers who may have symptoms should go to a doctor. If salmonellosis is diagnosed, the local health department should be contacted to report the condition.
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