Michael Foods widens egg recall, Arizona included

Michael Foods widens egg recall, Arizona included

Michael Foods widens egg recall, Arizona included

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by The Associated Press and FDA.gov

azfamily.com

Posted on February 3, 2012 at 7:25 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 3 at 7:25 AM

MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) -- A Minnesota food company is widening its recall of hard-cooked eggs because of a potential for listeria contamination.

Michael Foods, of Minnetonka, is recalling eggs in brine sold in 10- and 25-pound pails for institutional use in 34 states, including Arizona. The eggs carry six brand names: Columbia Valley Farms, GFS, Glenview Farms, Papetti's, Silverbrook and Wholesome Farms.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says the eggs were produced at Michael Foods' plant in Wakefield, Neb., and were bought by food distributors and manufacturers.

There have been no reports of illness connected to the eggs, but the company says the eggs have the potential to be contaminated with a strain of listeria that can cause serious infections in those with weaker immune systems.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.  Although 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.

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.

Only lot codes immediately preceded by a “1” AND ending in a “W” are affected, please see the following example:
Here is an example of the lot codes on the packaging: USE BY 11 FEB 12    1  LOT 1362 W

USE BY 11 FEB 12 = Use by Date
1 = line impacted by recall
LOT 1362 = Lot Number
W = Wakefield

Consumers who believe they might have purchased product affected by the recall, or those who are unsure, should contact the original place of purchase.       

For further questions regarding this recall, please call Michael Foods at 877-367-3447, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. EST.

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