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Recall -- Firm Press Release

 

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Moark, LLC, of Fontana, California, Recalls Shell Eggs Supplied From Hillandale Farms of Iowa Because of Possible Health Risk

 

Company Contact:
Jeanne Forbis, 
Tel Phone: 651-481-2071
Cell Phone: 612-308-5441

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 23, 2010 - Moark, LLC, is voluntarily recalling specific lots of shell eggs produced by Hillandale Farms of Iowa and packaged by Moark, LLC, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Potentially affected eggs that were received by Moark total approximately 24,300 dozen. Moark repackaged the eggs for retail customers (under the brand names Albertsons, Yucaipa Valley, Farmer’s Gems and Mountain Dairy), as well as providing unbranded eggs to foodservice customers. The eggs were sold by Moark to retail and wholesale customers in Southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada.  

The products being recalled have the following information stamped on the egg packaging: 

 

Product Description            
Plant Number
Julian Date
Yucaipa Valley Large 1 dozen
1156
187 (July 6, 2010)
Albertsons Large 1 dz and 18 ct
1156
187 (July 6, 2010)
Mountain Dairy Large 1 dozen
1156
187 (July 6, 2010)
Farmer’s Gems Large 1 dozen
1156
187 (July 6, 2010)
Large Loose foodservice pack
1156
187 (July 6, 2010)

 

Julian Dates and Plant Numbers (which begin with the letter P) can be found printed on the egg packaging. For example 187 P-1156.  

"Moark has been carefully monitoring the situation with Hillandale Farms of Iowa, and once we were notified that Moark had received eggs from this producer, we immediately notified customers to ensure that any eggs included in the recall were withdrawn from the marketplace. We also immediately informed the Food and Drug Administration," said Craig Willardson, President and CEO of Moark, LLC. "None of the eggs were produced at Moark facilities or operations," he added. 

Consumers who believe they may have purchased potentially affected shell eggs should not eat them but should return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call the toll-free telephone number 866-757-EGGS (3447) for more information or visit www.eggsafety.org

Hillandale Farms of Iowa’s recall press release indicates that there have been laboratory-confirmed Salmonella Enteriditis illnesses with the shell eggs from Hillandale Farms of Iowa, and the investigation is ongoing. Salmonella is an organism that 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. 

For a complete listing of known brands, codes and dates involved in the egg recall, please visit the Egg Safety Center website at www.eggsafety.org. The Egg Safety Center and the FDA recommend that eggs should be fully cooked until both the yolks and the whites are firm, and consumers should not eat foods that may contain raw or undercooked eggs. For more information on proper handling and preparation of eggs and answers to other frequently asked questions, visit www.eggsafety.org.  

Moark is a leading marketer of shell eggs in the United States through a quality supply/distribution network of branded, specialty, and private label eggs in key locations.  

SOURCE: Moark, LLC 

 

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