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Eggs sold in Kansas recalled after salmonella found at Ohio farm

November 8, 2010


— Evidence of salmonella has been found at an Ohio egg farm that's received financing from the owner of an Iowa egg farm that was behind a massive recall earlier this year.

Cal-Maine Foods Inc., the nation's biggest egg seller and distributor, said it is recalling 288,000 eggs the company had purchased from supplier Ohio Fresh Eggs after a test showed salmonella at the Ohio farm.

No illnesses have been reported. According to Cal-Maine Foods, the Ohio Fresh eggs were distributed to food wholesalers and retailers in the following states:

  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas

In a statement from company officials, Ohio Fresh Eggs said the farm had held back eggs from the Croton, Ohio, barn where the salmonella was found. However, through discussions with the FDA, the company discovered that some eggs from that barn were mistakenly sent to a distributor.

"Ohio Fresh Eggs sincerely regrets the error made on our farm, and we apologize to our customer and to consumers who may have purchased the eggs," the officials said. "We are redoubling our efforts to ensure thorough and ongoing training of our workers so that this situation is not repeated."

Cal-Maine Foods said the FDA told them about the positive sample.

Earlier this year, salmonella was found on two Iowa egg farms, Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms. The two companies recalled 550 million eggs in August when the products were linked to as many as 1,600 illnesses.

Austin "Jack" DeCoster owns Wright County Egg and has lent money to Ohio Fresh Eggs.

Ohio officials said DeCoster hid behind other farmers to get permits for the company in 2004. The permits listed two men who had put up just $10,000 apiece while DeCoster had pumped $126 million into the four farms, according to testimony in an administrative proceeding there. At the time, DeCoster had already been labeled a "habitual violator" of environmental laws in Iowa.

Ohio officials yanked the permits after learning about that, but an environmental appeals panel overturned that decision.

DeCoster has often tangled with the government. He has paid millions of dollars in state and federal fines over at least two decades for health, safety, immigration and environmental violations at his farms.


kernal 7 years, 6 months ago

DeCoster should be thankful he doesn't live in China. He'd probably be in prison or ....

werekoala 7 years, 6 months ago

Just thought I'd post before all the conservatives show up in this thread to complain about these pesky Big Government regulators bogging down this entrepreneur with red tape....

Also anyone see the story about how there isn't enough money for hotel inspectors to investigate bed bug complaints? Just another example of the fat that has been trimmed off the budget! Free markets for the win!!!

parrothead8 7 years, 6 months ago

Yeah, it's better to have shady people providing the nation's food supply than it is to have libraries and public transportation.

alsosickandtired 7 years, 6 months ago

What stores? What brand? What types? Give me a BREAK, this story means nothing if you can't tell us what has been recalled. You minus well just tell everyone to throw all their eggs away.

Bill Lee 7 years, 6 months ago

I'm sorry, but I couldn't let this pass. It's "might as well," not "minus well."

tir 7 years, 6 months ago

Here's a link to the FDA info on this recall, which lists the brands affected and expiry dates, but not any specific stores where they are likely to be found:

Keith 7 years, 6 months ago

If only this article had been published before Halloween, we'd have known what to do with our eggs.

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