Egg Recall Expands

Hillandale Farms recalls eggs because of possible health risk; earlier recall expands

Published in CSP Daily News

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa-- The egg recall that began last week after eggs have sickened hundreds of people since May has widened. Hillandale Farms of Iowa is voluntarily recalling shell eggs because they have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. And Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa, is expanding its voluntary recall.

( Click here for previous CSP Daily News coverage of the recall.)

Eggs affected by this recall were distributed to grocery distribution centers, retail grocery stores, foodservice companies possibly convenience stores that service or are located in 14 states, including Arkansas, California, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin.

There have been laboratory-confirmed salmonella enteritidis illnesses associated with the shell eggs; the investigation is ongoing.

Eggs are distributed under the following brand names: Hillandale Farms, Sunny Farms, and Sunny Meadow in 6-egg cartons, dozen-egg cartons, 18-egg cartons, 30-egg package and five-dozen cases. Loose eggs are packaged under the following brand names: Wholesome Farms and West Creek in 15- and 30-dozen tray packs. The loose eggs may also be repackaged by customers.

The only eggs affected by this recall have plant numbers P1860 or P1663 and Julian dates as follows: P1860 Julian dates ranging from 099 to 230. P1663 Julian dates ranging from 137 to 230. Only eggs with these plant numbers are affected, even though the brand name may be the same, the New Hampton, Iowa-based company said.

Julian dates and plant codes can be found stamped on the end of the egg carton or printed on the case label. The plant number begins with the letter P and then the number. The Julian date follows the plant number, for example: P1860 230.

Consumers who believe they may have purchased these shell eggs should not eat them but should return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund.

Hillandale Farms said that it strives to provide its customers with safe, high-quality eggs and that it is fully cooperating with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) investigation and is undertaking this voluntary recall. Additionally, as a precautionary measure, it is also diverting its existing inventory of shell eggs, it said.Also, Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa, is expanding its voluntary recall (original recall date: August 13, 2010) of specific Julian dates of shell eggs.

Eggs affected by the expanded recall were distributed to food wholesalers, distribution centers and foodservice companies in California, Arizona, Missouri, Minnesota, Texas, Georgia, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Nevada, Iowa, Illinois, Utah, Nebraska, Arkansas, Wisconsin and Oklahoma. These companies distribute nationwide.

Eggs are packaged under the following brand names: Albertsons, Farm Fresh, James Farms, Glenview, Mountain Dairy, Ralphs, Boomsma, Lund, Kemps and Pacific Coast. Eggs are packed in varying sizes of cartons (6-egg cartons, dozen egg cartons, 18-egg cartons, and loose eggs for institutional use and repackaging) with Julian dates ranging from 136 to 229 and plant numbers 1720 and 1942.

Dates and codes can be found stamped on the end of the egg carton or printed on the case label. The plant number begins with the letter P and then the number. The Julian date follows the plant number, for example: P-1720 223.

Eggs under the August 13, 2010 recall are packaged under the following brand names: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph's, Boomsma's, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps. Eggs are packed in varying sizes of cartons (six-egg cartons, dozen egg cartons, 18-egg cartons, and loose eggs for institutional use and repackaging) with Julian dates ranging from 136 to 225 and plant numbers 1026, 1413 and 1946.