USDA Egg Recall: Legacy Foods OK

2014 USDA Egg Recall Does Not Affect
Legacy Foods or Lindon Farms Products

On Feb. 15, 2014, the USDA issued a recall for over 250,000 pounds of processed egg products from Nutriom LLC, based in Lacey Washington. Nutriom's freeze-dried eggs, which are used in "Ova Easy" and "Crystal Eggs," are being voluntarily recalled because of the potential for Salmonella contamination. This USDA egg recall did not affect any of our products, which include Legacy Foods and Lindon Farms.

According to the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), approximately 226,710 pounds of processed eggs were affected by the recall. The FSIS press release stated that the potentially defective products were produced between Feb. 28, 2013 and Feb. 8, 2014, and have been shipped nationwide, and to U.S. military installations at home and abroad, as well as to locations in Canada.

How to Determine if You Have an Affected Product

The affected products bear the establishment number "INSPECTED EGG PRODUCTS PLANT 21493G" inside the USDA Mark of Inspection. Click this Link to visit the USDA FSIS Site to find a listing of consumer-size packages and their corresponding Julian Dates that were included in the recall, and a list of products shipped to co-packers for incorporation into consumer-size packages.

I'm not competition-bashing, but you should be aware that both Wise Company and eFoods have products that are included in the list of the consumer-size packages. I mention this only because you probably have an interest in food storage, so it's possible that you may already have some of those products on hand.

"Ova Easy" is commonly served in schools, in restaurants, and on U.S. military bases.

How Serious Is This Recall?

The recall is considered a Class 1 Recall, which means it carries a high health risk. However, no illnesses have been reported.

Eating foods that have been contaminated with Salmonella may cause salmonellosis, one of the most common food-borne illnesses. Symptoms may include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within 12 to 72 hours after consumption, and may last four to seven days. Typically, people recover with no treatment needed. However, severe diarrhea is a concern due to its dehydrating effects, and some patients may need to seek medical treatment or hospitalization, especially older adults, infants, and those with weakened immune systems.

FSIS advises every consumer to safely handle and prepare eggs and egg products. Eggs and egg products should be cooked to a temperature that is high enough to kill any harmful bacteria. Use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature to ensure that you've cooked the eggs to an internal temperature of 160° F.

According to the FSIS Report, the contamination was discovered by Washington State Laboratories, in response to a billing inquiry by Nutriom LLC. The laboratory then notified FSIS personnel of the discrepancies in laboratory results.

We'll add to this post if there is any further news or information.

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