Salmonella is not something that anyone wants to deal with, but the word has cropped up again in conjunction with fresh eggs – never a good combination. There was a series of nine separate announcements dealing with recalls of fresh eggs that took place in August, 2010, and now consumers are faced with this type of problem again.
Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. was notified by the Food & Drug Administration on 11/05/10 that one of the company’s suppliers, Ohio Fresh Eggs, LLC, Croton, Ohio, had a routine environmental study sample which tested positive for Salmonella Enteritidis (SE).
Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis or arthritis.
Here is what is known about the current recall announced by Cal-Maine Foods on 11/05/10:
Cal-Maine purchased approximately 24,000 dozen unprocessed eggs from Ohio Fresh which were processed and re-packaged by the Company’s Green Forest, Arkansas, facility between October 9 and 12, 2010, yet the Company was only notified today.
The eggs involved, which were not produced from Cal-Maine flocks, were distributed to food wholesalers and retailers in Arkansas, California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. There have been no confirmed SE illnesses related to the purchased eggs.
In cooperation with the FDA, Cal-Maine immediately notified its customers and recalled specific Julian dates of shell eggs because they have the potential to be contaminated with SE. Packages included in this recall were from Sunny Meadow, Spring Field Grocer, Sun Valley, and James Farm.
For specific product descriptions, plant numbers, Julian dates, and calendar dates, click here.
Plant numbers and Julian dates can be found printed on the individual cartons. The Julian date follows the plant number, for example P1457-282.
Consumers who believe they may have purchased potentially affected shell eggs should not eat them but should return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund. Questions and concerns may also be directed to Cal-Maine’s corporate office at 1-866-276-6299 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CDT.
For a historical perspective of recalls of fresh eggs in August, 2010:
Two More Shell Egg Recalls: FDA Announcements #8 and #9!
It’s Not Over for the Shell Egg Recalls: FDA Announcement #7!
And Still Another Shell Egg Recall: FDA Announcement #6!
Another Shell Egg Recall: FDA Announcement #5!
Recalls of Shell Eggs: Summary of Four FDA Announcements to Date