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Public Health Officials Did A Good Job Getting Word Out On Egg Recall

September 3, 2010: 01:51 PM EST
A poll conducted during the height of the recent massive egg recall found that most Americans knew about the outbreak and many took measures to guard against salmonella-induced sickness. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, 84 percent had heard about the egg recall. Ninety-two percent said they eat eggs at least occasionally and about a third of these stopped eating eggs they believed had been recalled. About one in five of the 61 percent who said they sometimes eat eggs in restaurants had stopped doing so. One in four said they had started cooking eggs longer than usual. Other actions taken: checking the date stamp or identifying number on cartons (40 percent), throwing away eggs (10 percent), and warning family members (22 percent).
Robert J. Blendon, et al., "Harvard School of Public Health: Egg Recall Survey", Survey by SSRS, an independent research company, September 03, 2010, © HSPH
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