Last updated on August 16th, 2012 at 12:08 pm
Michael Foods Inc. is voluntarily recalling specific lot dates of hard-cooked eggs in brine sold in 10- and 25-lb. pails for institutional use that were produced at its Wakefield, Neb., facility because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The recalled eggs were purchased by food distributors and manufacturers located in 34 states. The recall is limited to hard-cooked eggs in brine in 10- and 25-lb. pails produced at the Wakefield facility, and are labeled under six brand names (Columbia Valley Farms®, GFS®, Glenview Farms®, Papetti’s®, Silverbrook® and Wholesome Farms®) and bearing lot codes of 1 LOT 1350W through 1 LOT 2025W and expiration dates ranging from Jan. 30 to March 10, 2012.
Only lot codes immediately preceded by a “1” and ending in a “W” are affected.
None of the eggs were sold directly by Michael Foods to retailers or consumers. However, food distributors and manufacturers who purchased the eggs could have used them in products that were sold to retail outlets or used in foodservice settings. Michael Foods is working with customers who purchased eggs from these lots to ensure that all product is removed from the market. Consumers who believe they might have purchased product affected by the recall, or those who are unsure, should contact the original place of purchase.
There have been no confirmed reports of illness in connection with this product.
The recall was initiated after lab testing revealed that some of the eggs within the recalled lot dates could have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. A recall of three lot dates was announced Jan. 26. As a precautionary measure, the recall was expanded today, Feb. 1, to include additional lot dates. Michael Foods reached the decision to expand this recall after an investigation that indicated a specific repair project that took place in the packaging room as the likely source of the contamination. The company says it has taken a number of corrective steps to address the issue and prevent recurrence.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Though healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
For additional information, call Michael Foods at 877-367-3447 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.