Monday, September 20, 2010

Local Walgreens pulls recalled eggs from shelves

By Megan Tilk
Posted Aug 20, 2010 @ 09:00 AM

Following a voluntary recall of eggs produced at the Wright County Egg plant in Galt, Iowa, the Maryville Walgreens has pulled all of their egg products from the shelves.

Eggs affected by the recall were distributed to food wholesalers, distribution centers and foodservice companies in eight states including Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska.

The eggs have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in people and animals.

Walgreens manager Brian Smail said that following the recall all cartons of eggs were removed from the store.

"Anyone that recently bought eggs can bring them back to the store and we will return their money," Smail said. "We are expecting another shipment of eggs that were not involved in the recall on Friday."

Smail said that all brands carried by Walgreens were included in the recall.

According to Wright County Egg officials the original recall happened on Aug. 13 and included eggs 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.

An expanded recall, which went into effect Aug. 18 added James Farms, Glenview and Pacific Coast.

The recall only pertains to shell eggs and not packaged liquid eggs. The brands come in varying sizes of cartons with Julian dates ranging from 136 to 226 and the plant numbers 1026, 1413 and 1946. Dates and codes can be found stamped on the end of the egg carton. The plant number begins with the letter P and then the number. The Julian date follows the plant number, for example: P-1946 223.

Other local grocerers, restaurants and convenience stores seem to be unaffected by the recall.

The Maryville Hy-Vee, Walmart, Dollar General and Casey's stores all carry shell egg products, but store managers say their brands are not included in the recall.

School officials around Maryville confirmed that no shell egg products are used in their food preparations.

"We get our products from a vendor who would let us know the second anything were to happen," said Maryville R-II superintendent Vickie Miller. "We do not use shell egg in any of our meals however, so it really doesn't pertain to us."

Local nursing homes also reported that they are not affected.

Village Care Center is one of the few local care facilities that uses shell egg in preparing meals.

"We've contacted our wholesaler in Illinois to make sure our eggs are not involved," said Village Care food service staffer Lesley Oddi.

Fast food businesses that sell breakfast items as well as Gray's Truck Stop and Restaurant in Maryville are also reportedly in the clear.

The FDA suggests consumers who believe they may have purchased eggs comprised by the recall should return them to store where they were purchased for a refund.

A person infected with salmonella usually has a fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea beginning 12-72 hours after consuming contaminated food. Anyone who thinks they may have contracted salmonella poisoning should seek medical attention immediately.

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