After smaller recalls stretching back to January 27, 2012, Michael Foods Inc. is recalling specific lots of hard-cooked eggs packed in brine sold in 10- and 25-pound pails for institutional use. The recall totals more than 150,000 pounds of eggs in 24 production lot dates. The eggs were produced at the company’s Wakefield, Nebraska facility and may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
There have been no “confirmed” reports of illness in connection with consumption of this product. You can see all of the product labels at the FDA site.
- Hard-cooked eggs packed in brine
- In 10- and 25-pound pails
- Produced at Wakefield, Nebraska plant under these brand names:
- Columbia Valley Farms
- Glenview Farms
- Wholesome Farms
- Lot codes of 1 LOT 1350W through 1 LOT 2025W
- Expiration dates ranging from 1/30/2012 to 3/10/2012
Only lot codes immediately preceded by the number “1” AND ending in the letter “W” are affected. The number “1” is the line affected by the recall, and the “W” stands for “Wakefield”. The FDA says that three lot dates were recalled on January 26, 2012, although Food Poisoning Bulletin has been unable to locate a public posting of that recall, and there is no listing of that recall on that date on the FSIS site.
The eggs were purchased by food distributors and manufacturers located in these states:
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- New Jersey
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
The eggs were not sold directly to consumers by Michael Foods. But the companies that bought the eggs from Michael Foods used them in products that were sold to retail outlets or used in foodservice settings. If you believe you purchased these eggs, contact the original place of purchase.
Lab testing revealed that some of the eggs may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. That bacteria is serious because listeriosis kills about 20 to 30% of the people who contract it. Apparently, a repair project in the packaging room was the “likely” source of contamination. If you have questions, please call Michael Foods at 1-877-367-3447, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am through 5:00 pm EST.
Here’s the timeline of the different recalls relating to Michael Foods hard-cooked eggs:
- On January 27, Dierbergs grocery chain pulled Hawkeye Food Service hard-cooked eggs for Listeria contamination. While Michael Foods was not mentioned in this recall, Hawkeye Food Service is related to Michael Foods on CompanyDataBase.org
- On January 27, 2012, 18th Street Deli Inc. recalled salad products produced by Michael Foods, Inc.
- Late in the day on January 27, 2012, Sysco Quality Assurance recalled eggs produced by Michael Foods in an internal vendor memo.
- Also on January 27, 2012, Michigan Spartan Stores recalled egg products.
- On January 29, 2012, US Foods issued an alert that Michael Foods Inc. had put out a Class I voluntary recall on three lots of Papetti’s Brand hard-cooked eggs.