OvaEasy Dried Egg Products Recalled due to Possible Salmonella Contamination
Nutriom LLC in Washington State is recalling close to 226,710 pounds of processed egg products due to potential salmonella contamination. Local laboratories allegedly discovered the problem in response to a bill inquiry by Nutriom LLC, and notified the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service regarding discrepancies in the product.
While some of the products were shipped to co-packers for incorporation into consumer-size packages according to the Food Poisoning Bulletin, such as OvaEasy Plain Whole Egg and OvaEasy Biol-in-Bag Egg Mix, other products were packaged in consumer-size packages included OvaEasy Boil-in-Bag Egg Mix, OvaEasy Plain Whole Egg, Egg Crystal, and OvaEasy UGR H&S.
The dried egg products were produced between February 28, 2013 and February 8, 2014, according to the USDA, with the establishment number "INSPECTED EGG PRODUCTS PLANT 21493G" located inside the USDA inspection mark.
The products were shipped nationwide as well as to areas of Canada.
Consumption of food that has been contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses, according to the health organization. Common symptoms regarding the health issue may include abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fever, etc. within a 12 to 72 hour period of eating a contaminated product. Though most do not die from the issue, older adults, infants and those with weakened immune systems can be particularly vulnerable.
Health officials advise that all consumers cook egg products previously mentioned at a temperature of 160 degrees F or higher. They add that washing eggs before use alone does not make them safe.