Cal-Maine Foods Inc. recalled 288,000 eggs after Salmonella contamination was found on the farm of one of its Ohio suppliers.
That company, Ohio Fresh Eggs LLC of Croton, Ohio, has been financially linked to a key figure in the massive egg recall this summer that was prompted by reports of more than 1,600 people getting sick.
So far, no confirmed illnesses from eggs have been reported in the current recall, Cal-Maine said. Salmonella can cause a potentially life-threatening infection in children, those with weak immune systems and the frail. Infection symptoms include nausea, diarrhea and stomach cramps.
Cal-Maine, of Jackson, Miss., said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration alerted it to the contamination found during a routine environmental study at Ohio Fresh Eggs. The eggs were processed and repackaged at Cal-Maine's Green Forest, Ark., plant between Oct. 9 and 12 and distributed to food wholesalers and retailers in Arkansas, California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. The eggs have sell-by and expiration dates between Nov. 7 and Nov. 24.
Included in the recall are products from Sunny Meadow, Springfield Grocer, Sun Valley and James Farm. The UPC codes, plant numbers and Julian dates can be found printed on the egg cartons. A complete list of codes is on the FDA site.
Cal-Maine warned consumers not to eat the eggs and to return them to the store for a full refund. Consumers can call the company at (866) 276-6299 between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. EST.
Ohio Fresh Eggs said Salmonella was found at one of its barns and it had held back eggs, but then discovered some were mistakenly distributed.
"Ohio Fresh Eggs sincerely regrets the error made on our farm, and we apologize to our customers and to consumers who may have purchased the eggs," the company said in a statement to the Associated Press. Ohio Fresh Eggs has received loans from the owner of Wright County Egg Farm -- one of two at the center of August's egg recall.
This isn't the first time Ohio Fresh Eggs has come under scrutiny. Last year, the company pleaded guilty to environmental violations for illegally dumping dirty egg wash water in to a creek tributary near one of its 12 production plants in Ohio, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The company paid a $150,000 fine, plus another $150,000 to environmental charities and was put on three years' probation.
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