Remember last summer’s huge egg recall?
Here’s another one: According to a press release by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Cal-Maine Foods–self-proclaimed as the largest producer and marketer of shell eggs in the United States–was notified on November 5 that one its suppliers, Ohio Fresh Eggs in Croton, Ohio, had a routine environmental study sample that tested positive for Salmonella Enteritidis (SE). Cal-Maine purchased approximately 24,000 dozen unprocessed eggs from Ohio Fresh, which were processed and re-packaged by its 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.
For a complete list of recalled packages, refer to the press release.
And, to be safe: know your farmer and buy local.