FORT STEWART, Ga. - The Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield commissaries are not affected by the half-billion egg recall, according to Steven Young, Fort Stewart commissary store director.

Young said Stewart-Hunter eggs come from a southern distributor and its egg brand, Flavorite, is not included in the recall.

The egg recall became a national event when Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa, voluntarily recalled specific Julian dates of shell eggs produced by their farms because they have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. Eggs affected by this recall were distributed to food wholesalers, distribution centers and foodservice companies in California, Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. These companies distribute nationwide. The distribution of the affected eggs did include Georgia but did not reach Stewart-Hunter commissary patrons.

The affected eggs are distributed under the brand names of Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph's, Boomsma's, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps.

The eggs were packed in varying size cartons with Julian dates ranging from 136 to 225 and plant numbers 1026, 1413 and 1946. The dates and codes can be found stamped on the end of the egg carton.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggestions to the general public include a warning to avoid restaurant dishes made with raw or undercooked, unpasteurized eggs. Restaurants should use pasteurized eggs in any recipe that calls for raw eggs (such as Hollandaise sauce or Caesar salad dressing). Consumption of raw or undercooked eggs should be avoided, especially by young children, elderly persons, and persons with weakened immune systems or debilitating illness.