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      Food safety agency issues alert for egg products

      WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's FoodSafety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert becauseNutriom LLC, a Lacey, Wash. establishment, declined to expand its Feb. 15, 2014recall to include an additional 118,541 pounds of processed egg products forwhich there is reason to conclude that they are unfit for human consumption.

      The request for expansion was based on evidence collected during an ongoinginvestigation conducted by FSIS at this establishment. The company has refusedto recall the additional processed egg products. As a consequence, FSIS intendsto take appropriate action to remove the products from commerce.

      FSIS issued the original recall because the company allegedly recorded falselaboratory results. The company allegedly produced negative laboratory resultsfor Salmonella when the results were actually positive, or reportedthat sampling had occurred when, in fact, no microbial testing was performed.FSIS requested the company to include additional products, but it declined.Because the product was not produced in accordance with FSIS requirements, itis unfit for human consumption.

      The following products were shipped to co-packers for incorporation intoconsumer-size packages:

      • 3,884-lb. super sack of "OvaEasy Plain Whole Egg" with the lot code "H0613-B"
      • 1,031-lb. super sack of "OvaEasy Plain Whole Egg" with the lot code "I0413-A"
      • 958-lb. super sack of "OvaEasy Plain Whole Egg" with the lot code "I0413-A"
      • 4,422-lb. super sack of "OvaEasy Plain Whole Egg" with the lot code "L1713-A"

      The following products were packaged in consumer-sized packages:

      • 1.75-lb. packs of "OvaEasy Plain Whole Egg" with the Julian dates "0374," "0384," "2683" and "2693"
      • 66-gram spray bottles of "Bak-Klene Egg Wash" with the lot code "L1013A"
      • 1.17-lb. packs of "OvaEasy UGRA, Reduced Cholesterol" with the Julian dates "3129," "3228," "3229," "3230," "3231," "3281," "3282," "3283," "3284," "3337," "3338," "3339" and "3340"
      • 4.5-oz. cans of "OvaEasy Whole Plain Egg" with the Julian date "2883"
      • 571-gram packs of "Vitovo Low Fat" with the Julian date "3193"
      • 1.1-lb. bags of "OvaEasy Boil-in-Bag UGR, Heat & Serve (HS)" with the Julian dates "3161," "3162," "3182," "3183," "3188," "3201," "3202," "3203," "3204," "3205," "3208," "3209," "3210," "3211," "3212," "3213," "3220," "3221" and "3222"
      • 2-oz. packs of "OvaEasy Plain Whole Egg" with the Julian dates "0074," "0084," "0094," "0354," "0364," "0374," "2243," "2253," "2953," "2963," "3463," "3473" and "3483"
      • 66-gram spray bottles of "Panera Egg Wash" with the Julian dates "0104," "0154," "0164," "0174," "0214," "0224," "0234," "0244," "0284," "0294," "0304" and "0314"
      • 2-oz. pack of "Wise Company, Wise Blend" with the Julian date "0943"

      On Feb. 15, 2014, the company recalled 226,710 pounds of processed eggproducts. To read the recall release, click here.

      The dried egg products were produced from May 2013 through January 2014, andbear the establishment number "INSPECTED EGG PRODUCTS PLANT 21493G" inside theUSDA Mark of Inspection. These products were shipped nationwide and to U.S.military installations in the United States and abroad, and to Mexico.

      FSIS inspects egg products under the Egg Products Inspection Act. FDAtypically takes jurisdiction of egg products after they leave the egg facilityif they are incorporated into FDA-regulated products. In this case, USDAhandled the original recall rather than FDA because the products are inconsumer packages with an identifiable USDA Mark of Inspection, and FSIS hadjurisdiction over the product when the contamination occurred.{}FSIS andFDA are continuing to work together to ensure food safety, and the managementof Recall 015-2014 is such an example.

      FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare and consume egg products that havebeen cooked to a temperature of 160 F. The only way to confirm that eggproducts are cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is touse a food thermometer that measures internal temperature, http://1.usa.gov/1cDxcDQ.

      Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtualrepresentative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.govor via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov.{}Thetoll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) isavailable in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m.(Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages areavailable 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint MonitoringSystem can be accessed 24 hours a day at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

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