Iowa egg recall boosts business for California farmers

Luanne Black's small egg ranch just outside Visalia is down a rural road that doesn't get much traffic. But lately folks have been knocking on her door, ready to shell out $3.75 per dozen.

She credits a national recall of Iowa-grown eggs linked to hundreds of cases of salmonella poisoning.

"It really is amazing how people are reacting," said Black, whose ranch is called Lady Bug Gardens. "I have people buying two to four dozen eggs on a regular basis now."

The massive recall is adding momentum to growing consumer interest in California eggs.

Since Aug. 13, more than 500 million eggs have been recalled from two Iowa farms, and as many as 1,470 people have become sick. California hasn't had a case of salmonella from eggs in more than a decade.

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