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Recall affects hundreds of millions of eggs, including some in Colorado

Unless you're like Michael Pollan, who thinks paying eight bucks for a dozen eggs is cool, or you're one of those urbavores who raises your own fowl, chances are good your fridge has contained eggs affiliated with the recent massive recall.

And by massive, we mean it accounts for something just over 1.2 eggs for every man, woman and child in the country. That's be 380 million eggs total, at last count, some of which ended up in the rattlesnake cakes at The Fort last month and made people sick..

Colorado is one of twelve states affected by the recall, which has been traced back to a farm in Iowa and has resulted in more than two dozen cases of salmonella here in Colorado alone.

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment:

The recall includes eggs packaged under the following brand names: Lucerne (Safeway Brand), Albertsons, Mountain Dairy, Ralph's, Boomsma's, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps.

The eggs are packaged in cartons containing six, 12 and 18 eggs with production date codes ranging from 136 to 225, and plant numbers 1026, 1413 and 1946. Production date codes and plant numbers can be found stamped on the end of each egg carton. The stamp begins with the letter P, followed by the plant number and then the production date code (for example, P-1946 223).

The Fort isn't the local business that's been affected. The Delectable Egg stopped serving eggs for several hours on Wednesday while its supplier, Shamrock Foods, checked its supply.

Jeanne Pon, assistant manager for the downtown Delectable Egg, says that customers have been asking about the restaurant's egg supply -- and that business was slower than usual for part of the day yesterday.

"I think people are just uninformed," she explains. "They don't know to go to the website to look." Shamrock's eggs were cleared Wednesday afternoon and the restaurant, which has four local locations, has been serving them uninterrupted since then.

Another local breakfast spot, Toast, had less to worry about. The restaurant serves only organic eggs from Eggland's Best, so service has been consistent throughout the recall, according to Amber Alfaro, hostess at the Cherry Creek location. (Toast has another restaurant in Littleton.)

Still worried? The Egg Safety Center has the most up-to-date information.

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Jessica Chapman
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