Salmonella fear prompts US food inspectors to recall over 226k lbs. of processed eggs
A Washington establishment has recalled over 226,000 lbs. of dried egg products because of the possibility that they may be contaminated with Salmonella.
Nutriom LLC, based in Lacey, Washington, manufactured the dried egg products between the dates of Feb. 28, 2013, and Feb. 8, 2014, and made these products available all over the United States, and also shipped them out to U.S. military installations in the United States, Canada, and other countries.
Washington State Laboratories noticed some discrepancies in laboratory results and promptly informed the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), which inspects egg products under the Egg Products Inspection Act. The FSIS has issued a news release regarding this Class I Recall which was tagged with a high health risk.
The USDA is leading this recall rather than the FDA because the products are in consumer packages with an identifiable USDA Mark of Inspection, and FSIS had jurisdiction over the product when the contamination occurred. However, both agencies are continuing to work together to ensure that food safety measures are consistently complied with.
Eating food contaminated with Salmonella leads to one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses, called salmonellosis. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the food contaminated with Salmonella. The symptoms often last between 4 and 7 days. Although most people can recover without treatment, some people may suffer from severe diarrhea and may require hospitalization, and certain individuals may need special care, such as infants, older adults, and persons with weakened immune systems.
To combat the risk of Salmonella in any egg product, the FSIS advises that these products be cooked to a temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit, and to use a food thermometer to make sure that the food's internal temperature is high enough to kill the harmful bacteria.
The products recalled bear the establishment number "INSPECTED EGG PRODUCTS PLANT 21493G" inside the USDA Mark of Inspection.
The FSIS announced that the products being recalled were shipped out in two different kinds of packaging.
The first list contained products that were shipped to co-packers for incorporation into consumer-size packages. They are:
- 1,383-lb. super sack of "OvaEasy Boil-in-Bag Egg Mix, Butter Flavor" with the lot code "C0513-A"
- 2,540-lb. super sack of "OvaEasy Plain Whole Egg" with the lot code "B1913-A"
- 2,409-lb. super sack of "OvaEasy Plain Whole Egg" with the lot code "B1913-B"
- 4,712-lb. super sack of "OvaEasy Plain Whole Egg" with the lot code "E0713-A,B"
- 1,265-lb. super sack of "OvaEasy Boil-in-Bag, Heat and Serve" with the lot code "F1813-A"
- 4,155-lb. super sack of "OvaEasy Plain Whole Egg" with the lot code "I1113-A"
- 6,132-lb. super sack of "OvaEasy Plain Whole Egg, Cage Free" with the lot code "J2913-A"
- 9,345-lb. super sack of "OvaEasy Plain Whole Egg, Cage Free" with the lot code "A1414-A"
The second list detailed the products that were packaged in consumer-sized packages, which are: