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Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Tuesday the company began pulling eggs from shelves once it learned of the recall. The company said the recall mainly affected stores in 16 states in the Midwest, West, South and Mid-Atlantic.

Like numerous smaller stores, the family owned Sautter’s market in Sylvania, Ohio, which usually sells about 1,000 egg cartons a week, had employees post handmade signs saying their supply was safe.

Owner Jim Sautter has known his egg suppliers for years, which he says can help with food safety. Each day, workers check recall information online to make sure the store is up to date.

This week, Sautter’s has grade AA large eggs on sale for 68 cents a dozen, but that was planned when flyers were printed two weeks ago, before the recall. Mr. Sautter figures egg sales for the week will double.

“It’s good timing,” he said. “People might have been shying away from buying, but it’s a good way to get people buying more eggs.”

In Rebecca Stewart’s home in West Hartford, Conn., the 36-year-old mother uses eggs so much she calls them her “go-to food.”

Although Connecticut hasn’t reported any cases of salmonella and the tainted eggs weren’t shipped to the state, Ms. Stewart said the nationwide attention has cemented her opinion that she would rather they be overdone than undercooked.

“To me, eggs are the perfect food, but I always cook them all the way. I don’t want anything runny in my eggs, and certainly not in my child’s eggs,” said Ms. Stewart, who also writes a “mommyhood” blog with three other mothers.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says thorough cooking can kill bacteria, but has suggested that while federal investigators continue looking into the egg recall, all cooks take a cue from Ms. Stewart and avoid runny yolks.

The news about the recall isn’t all bad. Some are actually seeing business boom.

For those who don’t want to take what they consider a gamble on store-bought eggs, there’s places like 5-year-old Emma Allen’s egg business outside the small town of Knob Noster, Mo. Her customers reason the recall made buying eggs from the hens pecking around her family’s pasture seem like a safer bet.

Her mother, Cyndi Allen, said she first noticed the uptick in demand last week when her family sold out of eggs at the farmer’s market and still had people asking for them. Since then, people have stopped Cyndi Allen at school and asked to buy eggs.

Eggs are one of the magic ingredients at Dave’s Fresh Pasta in Somerville, Mass., just miles from Boston’s North End - the historical Italian-American neighborhood and mecca for homemade pasta. Owner Dave Jick said they are now also helping his bottom line: In addition to pasta, he is selling out eggs from a farmer in nearby Bedford, Mass.

Demand for free-range eggs has increased at Springfield Farm in Sparks, Md., about 40 minutes north of Baltimore, said owner David Smith.

“We saw people coming to the farm who haven’t come before,” Mr. Smith said. Some customers are saying they’re buying his eggs because of the recall, and others say they knew the eggs were good and just don’t want to buy mass-produced eggs anymore.

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