|Egg, deli meat recalls announced nationwide
|Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 2:03 pm
|WCP 8.26.10 On Aug. 13, the Food and Drug Administration announced that Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa was voluntarily recalling specific Julian dates of shell eggs produced by their farms because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
Symptoms of Salmonella contamination include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis or arthritis.
Eggs affected by this recall were distributed to food wholesalers, distribution centers and foodservice companies in California, Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. These companies distribute nationwide.
The recalled eggs are packaged under the following brand names: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps packed in varying sizes of cartons (6-egg cartons, dozen egg cartons, 18-egg cartons).
E.W. James and Sons Supermarkets has announced to it’s customers that it is not affected by the recalls of eggs at risk of Samonella exposure.
Lee Ann James, CEO, verified that the company has received assurance by their distributors that all of the egg products supplied to its stores are safe.
“We have been in touch with them, and they tell us that none of the eggs supplied to our chain are from the affected areas” she said.
E. W. James and Sons eggs are supplied by Associated Wholesale Grocers out of Memphis and Nashville, along with Dalton Poultry from Jackson, Tennessee. AWG issued this statement Tuesday:
“Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc., is not involved in any of the Egg recalls that were issued last week by the USDA. The eggs you purchase from AWG are safe to be consumed. For more information regarding these egg recalls, as well as a list of brands being recalled, go to www.eggsafety.org,” courtesy of Ann Thompson, AWG Brands Quality Assurance Manager”
There have been confirmed Salmonella enteritidis illnesses relating to the shell eggs and traceback investigations are ongoing, according to the FDA.
Consumers who believe they may have purchased these shell eggs should not eat them but should return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund. This recall is of shell eggs only.
Thus far, the reported number of recalled eggs is 228 million.
About 380 thousand pounds of deli meat have been recalled from the deli shelves at Wal-Mart stores across the nation, according to national media outlets.
The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said Tuesday that roast beef and ham distributed to delis at the nation’s largest retailer might be contaminated with Listeria bacteria.
Tyson Foods spokesman Gary Mickelson says that no illnesses have been linked to the meats made by its Zemco Industries of Buffalo, N.Y. unit and that most of the meat has already been consumed. The sandwiches were removed from store shelves.The meat was distributed to Wal-Mart stores across the country by Zemco. The deli meats are reportedly used to make Marketside Grab and Go deli sandwiches.
“Another national recall on deli meats also does not affect us,” according to Steve Hilton, Director of Marketing and Public Relations.
“E. W. James has verified the safety of our deli meats, and our sandwiches and cold cut meats are done in each of our stores in the James Family Kitchens, where we maintain records of inspections on safety” he said.
The deli meat products were reportedly produced between June 18 and July 2, 2010. The packages have various “Use By” dates ranging from Aug. 20 to Sept. 10, 2010, according to reports.
According to a statement issued by the retailer, the recall involves the following half- and whole-sized Marketside Grab and Go sandwiches with a “sell by” date of Aug. 25, 2010 or before:
• Ham and Swiss Sandwich
• Italian Hero Sandwich
• Roast Beef and Cheddar Sandwich
• Smokehouse Hero Sandwich
The USDA has classified the deli meat recall as a Class I recall, which means it is “a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”
There have been no reports of illnesses by those who have eaten the deli meat, according to FSIS. Symptoms of listeriosis include high fever, severe headache, stiff neck and nausea.
Pregnant women who are exposed to the bacteria can have a miscarriage or stillbirth.
According to webMD, healthy people reportedly rarely contract listeriosis.
Those most at risk for developing serious infections include people with weakened immune systems, such as those with HIV infection or those who are undergoing chemotherapy, according to its website.