A Guide to the Egg Recall

If you haven't heard about the recent egg recall, allow me to offer you a quick Cliffnotes version of the story. On August 13th, Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa recalled 228 million eggs that were infected by salmonella. Just days later on the 18th, the recall expanded to include 380 million eggs. Sensationalism has since reigned supreme, with many publications highlighting the number of resulting illnesses, with the ominous warning that the recall may expand even further.

A surprising lack of media outlets, however, have provided the information necessary for readers, viewers, and listeners to determine if they have the eggs that are affected. Infected eggs have been disposed of from operations ranging from Wal-Mart and catering companies to mom-and-pop restaurants. No matter what sort of food service operation you run, if you sell eggs, it is important to ensure that yours are not among those infected. This guide will help you do just that by letting you know which eggs are infected and how you can check your supply.

To find the Julian dates and plant codes noted below, look at the end of your carton to find a stamped series of numbers. The plant code is the number that begins with a P, and the date is the number that follows.

The recall that took place on August 13th includes eggs from plant codes 1026, 1413, and 1946 that are dated from 136 to 225. They were sold under the following brand names:

  • Albertson
  • Boomsma's
  • Dutch Farms
  • Farm Fresh
  • Hillandale
  • Kemps
  • Lucerne
  • Lund
  • Mountain Dairy
  • Ralph's
  • Shoreland
  • Sunshine
  • Trafficanda

The recall that took place on August 18th includes eggs from plant codes 1720 and 1942 that are dated from 136 to 229. They were sold under the following brand names:

  • Albertson
  • Boomsma's
  • Farm Fresh
  • James Farms
  • Kemps
  • Lund
  • Mountain Dairy
  • Pacific Coast
  • Ralph's

**Important Update!** August 23rd

On Friday I wrote: "Sensationalism has since reigned supreme, with many publications highlighting the number of resulting illnesses, with the ominous warning that the recall may expand even further."

It turns out that the warning was not only ominous, but prophetic. On the same day, another Iowa farm (Hillandale Farms) recalled 170 million eggs, bringing the new total to 550 million eggs--more than half a billion.

The recall that took place on August 20th includes eggs from plant code 1860 with dates ranging from 099 to 230, and eggs from plant code 1663 with dates ranging from 137 to 230. They were sold under the following brand names:

  • Hillandale Farms
  • Sunny Farms
  • Sunny Meadow
  • West Creek
  • Wholesome Farms

**Important Update!** August 26th

Late last night, Wright County Egg reported more eggs infected by salmonella and have recalled them accordingly. These eggs bare the brand name "Cardenas Market" and come from plant number 1026 with Julian dates ranging from 136 to 228.

Posted in: Food Safety Supplies | By Ethan Gibble
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