Sixdog Investments has voluntarily recalled some of its organic egg products following results of a routine test that suggest the eggs may have potential health risks.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which announced the recall on Thursday, May 1, said that Sixdog Investments is recalling some of its organic eggs as they may have been contaminated with salmonella, an organism that causes potentially fatal illnesses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that salmonella infection is responsible for about 1.2 million illnesses as well as account for 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths in the U.S.

Those who contract salmonellosis, the infection caused by salmonella, often develop fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps and although the illness goes away within four to seven days without requiring treatment, there are severe cases when the infection spreads to the blood stream and other parts of the body, which could be fatal if the infected person is not immediately treated with antibiotics. Young children and even adults with weak immune systems are particularly vulnerable to the serious effects of salmonella infection. 

The FDA said that there has been no reported case to date of illness from consuming the possibly contaminated eggs, which came in dozen and half dozen packages. The eggs were sold through retail outlets in Colorado and may have also been made available in Kansas, Idaho, Utah and New Mexico.

The federal agency said that Sixdog Investments decided to recall some of its products following a routine test it initiated that shows finished products coming from certain barns may possibly been infected with bacteria.

"The products in question will have a packing date of 93, 94, 97, or 98; an expiration date of "051814", "051914", "052214", or "052314"; they will also include a location code of 1 or 3," the FDA said in its recall statement.

Consumers who have bought the affected products are advised to return them to where they bought them from to claim a full refund. Sixdog Investments also assured its customers that its other products that were not affected by the recall are safe for consumption.

"We are confident that any and all products sent out with any other packing codes or expiration dates are fully safe for consumption," the company said.

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