July 22, 2014

Institutional Egg Recall Causing Domino Of Retail-Level Recalls

A Listeria recall of more than 150,000 pounds of eggs in brine sold for institutional use in 34 states is causing a string of derivative recalls by supermarket chains who have used the eggs in various salads, sandwich spreads, deviled eggs and other dishes sold at in-store deli stands.

At least seventeen retailers have announced recalls of egg-related deli items and Michael Foods Inc., the Minnesota company behind core recall of eggs sold in pails, said it is working with its customers to make sure all related products are removed from the market. Consumers who believe they might have purchased product affected by the recall, or those who are unsure, should contact the original place of purchase, Michael Foods said.

“Food distributors and manufacturers who purchased the eggs could have used them in products that were sold to retail outlets or used in foodservice settings,” the company said.

These are the recalls associated with the eggs:

No reported cases of listeriosis have been linked to the eggs. Listeria is potentially lethal bacteria in humans and is banned by federal law from ready-to-eat foods. Last year’s biggest food poisoning story in the United States was a cantaloupe Listeria outbreak that killed 32 people and sickened more than 145.

Michael Foods announced an initial recall of eggs January 26 after lab testing revealed that some of the eggs within the recalled lot dates may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recall was greatly expanded this week to include 15,000 pails of eggs in brine sold in counts of 10- or 25-pounds. The eggs carry six brand names: Columbia Valley Farms, GFS, Glenview Farms, Papetti’s, Silverbrook and Wholesome Farms.

The company said the recalled eggs were produced at its plant in Wakefield, Nebraska. Investigation indicated the contamination is likely related to “a specific repair project that took place in the packaging room.” The company said it has taken a number of corrective steps to address the issue and prevent recurrence.

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