More Eggs Added to Salmonella Recall

Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. has provided additional product information related to its <"">voluntary egg recall announced on Friday, November 5, 2010, said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

This expanded recall constitutes an additional 120-dozen shell eggs that have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) and includes Pippin Loose Medium shell eggs produced at plant number 1457 with Julian date 282 and a sell by/expiration date of 11/07/10.

Plant numbers and Julian dates can be found printed on the individual cartons. The Julian date follows the plant number, for example P1457-282.

Salmonella is an organism that 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 the Salmonella pathogen can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis, or arthritis.

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.

Cal-Maine’s corporate office can be reached, toll-free, at 1-866-276-6299 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Central Standard Time.

According to the FDA, Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. is primarily engaged in the production, grading, packing, and sale of fresh shell eggs. The Company, which is headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest producer and distributor of fresh shell eggs in the U.S. and sells the majority of its shell eggs in approximately 29 states across the southwestern, southeastern, mid-western, and mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S.

We recently wrote that Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. was notified by the FDA that one of its suppliers, Ohio Fresh Eggs, LLC of Croton, Ohio, had a routine environmental study sample that tested positive for Salmonella Enteritidis.

Cal-Maine purchased approximately 24,000 dozen unprocessed eggs from Ohio Fresh. The eggs were processed and re-packaged by the Company’s Green Forest, Arkansas, facility between October 9 and 12, 2010.

The eggs involved in the original recall, and 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. To date, 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 the eggs have the potential to be contaminated with SE. All of the packages were produced at plant number 1457.

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