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More Eggs Added to Cal-Maine Recall

Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. Tuesday provided more information related to the egg recall it announced Nov. 5. 

The Mississippi-based company said an additional 120 dozen shell eggs have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis and added those to the 24,000 dozen (about 300,000) included in an initial recall.

The latest batch recalled was packaged as Pippin Loose Medium with a plant number of 1457, a Julian date of 282 and a sell-by date of Nov. 7, 2010.  Eggs in the earlier recall were sold under the brands James Farm, Springfield Farms, Sun Valley and Sunny Meadow and had sell-by dates ranging from Nov. 7 to Nov. 24.

Cal-Maine bought the eggs from Ohio Fresh of Croton, Ohio, processed them between Oct. 9 and 12, 2010, and distributed them in Arkansas, California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.

The company said it wasn’t notified until Nov. 5 that a routine environmental sample at Ohio Fresh had tested positive for Salmonella.

Ohio Fresh said it had shipped the eggs in error from a barn where it was holding the potentially contaminated eggs.

Orland Bethel and Austin “Jack” DeCoster, the two Iowa producers at the center of the nationwide recall of more than 500 million eggs in August, have links to Ohio Fresh as past investors.

No confirmed illnesses have been reported in connection with this latest recall.

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