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NuCal Foods Conducts Recall of Shell Eggs Supplied from Hillandale Farms of Iowa Because of Possible Health Risk
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 20, 2010 - RIPON, CALIFORNIA – The following statement was released by officials of NuCal Foods of Ripon, California regarding the voluntary recall of shell eggs supplied from Hillandale Farms of Iowa.
NuCal Foods is voluntarily recalling specific Julian dates of shell eggs produced by Hillandale Farms of Iowa and packaged by NuCal Foods because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience 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 and retailers in California and Nevada. NuCal Foods received these eggs from Hillandale Farms of Iowa which were then packaged into 5-dozen and 2.5-dozen overwrapped retail units. In addition to those products listed in the original Hillandale Farms of Iowa media statement dated August 20, 2010, the following products are being recalled:
Plant numbers and Julian dates can be found printed on the overwrap film. The plant number begins with the letter P and then the number. The Julian date follows the plant number, for example P-1686K 195.
Hillandale Farms of Iowa’s recall press release indicates that there have been laboratory-confirmed Salmonella enteritidis illnesses with the shell eggs from Hillandale Farms of Iowa, and the investigation is ongoing.
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. Consumers with questions should call 1-877-249-8224 or visit www.eggsafety.org.