Another Egg Recall, Just When You Thought It Was Safe
Hold onto your omelets, there is another egg recall underway. Cal-Maine Foods Inc., recalled 288,000 eggs on November 5 and an additional 120 dozen on November 9 after being was notified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that one of its suppliers had tested positive for Salmonella enteritidis.
Egg recalls put consumers on edge about food safety
Ohio Fresh Eggs, LLC, of Croton, Ohio, supplied the eggs to Cal-Maine Foods, which then processed and re-packaged them at their Green Forest, Arkansas, facility between October 9 and 12, 2010. The eggs were distributed to food wholesalers and retailers in eight states: Arkansas, California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.
The FDA alert points out that the recalled eggs were not produced from Cal-Maine flocks and that there have not been any illnesses related to the eggs thus far.
The potentially contaminated eggs are being sold under four brand names: James Farm, Springfield Grocer, Sunny Meadow, and Sun Valley. The affected egg cartons will bear three different identifying stamps: the plant number (1457); the Julian or packing date (282, 284, or 285); and the “sell by” date of 11/07/10, 11/09/10, or 11/24/10.
Consumers can see the entire list of recalled eggs on the November 5 and November 9 FDA recall websites. Plant numbers and Julian dates are printed on individual egg cartons. If you have purchased any of the recalled eggs, do not use them. Return them to the store where you purchased them for a full refund. If you have any questions, you can contact the Cal-Maine corporate office at 1-866-276-6299 between 8 AM and 4:30 PM CDT.
Consumers are still dizzy from the last egg recall in August during which more than half a billion eggs were reeled in. This latest recall involves the same Salmonella enteritidis organism as in the earlier recall, which can cause serious, even fatal infections in infants and young children, elderly and frail adults, and anyone who has a compromised immune system. Healthy individuals may experience stomach pain, fever, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.
Food and Drug Administration