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Michael Foods Eggs Recall

February 27, 2012 by staff 

Michael Foods Eggs Recall, Minnesota-based Michael Foods has substantially widened a recall of hard-boiled eggs because of a potential for contamination with a dangerous strain of listeria.

The recall involves more than 150,000 pounds of eggs sold in pails for institutional use in 34 states, and has caused at least two supermarket chains – both of which used Michael Foods eggs – to issue their own recalls of prepared foods.

Late Wednesday, Michael Foods announced an egg recall covering 24 production lot dates, up from three announced last week. The recall involves Michael Foods’ 10- and 25-pound pails of eggs in brine – 15,000 pails all together.

There have been no confirmed reports of illness in connection with the recall by Michael Foods, the nation’s seventh-largest egg producer as ranked by the publication Egg Industry.

The recalled eggs could be carrying listeria monocytogenes, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. It also can cause miscarriages and stillbirths. Healthy individuals can suffer high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

The eggs in Wednesday’s recall, announced by Michael through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, were produced at the company’s Wakefield, Neb., plant. They were bought by food distributors and manufacturers in Minnesota and 33 other states, including Missouri and Illinois.

The eggs carry six brand names: Columbia Valley Farms, GFS, Glenview Farms, Papetti’s, Silverbrook and Wholesome Farms.

While the eggs were not sold directly to retailers, companies that bought the eggs could have used them in products sold to retailers or used in restaurants or food-service settings.

Listeria is a relatively common bug and is tested for “zero tolerance,” said Doug Powell, a food safety expert at Kansas State University. “So you get a lot of recalls without illnesses.”

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