How to check your eggs to see if they're being recalled for salmonella contamination

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- More than 200 million eggs are under recall over fears of salmonella contamination.

"That's a lot of eggs," said Heather Nara, a Mesa County Public Health inspector.

According to the FDA's website, nine states have been affected, including Colorado.

But don't' worry just yet.

"The eggs actually were not provided in the state of Colorado," Nara said. "It's listed as a part of the recall just because there was an exposure. Somebody who is from Colorado was exposed to eggs in another location."

To check for recalls you need to look at three things.

"One is the UPC number, but you also need to look at the plant number as well as the lot or the date codes that are on the container of eggs," Nara said.

You can find the UPC number underneath the barcode on most egg cartons. The plant number will start with a "P" and will be above the sell-by date. Also above the sell by date is the date code.

You can then visit the FDA's website and see if all three numbers match.

If they do, "just take those eggs with you so they can confirm the plant number and the dates, and then take those back for a refund to the facility where you got those," Nara said.

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