Thousands of Pounds of Egg Products Recalled Over Health Concerns

By: David Donovan | Published: Jul 01, 2024

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture reports that undeclared allergens and misbranding have led to the recall of thousands of pounds of liquid egg products.

The products have been voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer, Gaylord, Minnesota-based Michael Foods Inc.

Recall Information

The recalled items were manufactured on June 11 and come packaged in a 32-ounce container. 

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The paperboard carton has a label that reads “Fair Meadow Foundations Whole Eggs with Citric Acid” on the side.

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Product Details

They have a use-by date of September 16, 2024, and their lot number is 4162G.

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The FSIS shared a picture of the item to assist purchasers with recognizing them.

Labelling Mistake

The issue comes from a labeling mistake which prompted the item Breakfast Blend Scrambled Egg inadvertently being placed into containers named the Whole Eggs with Citric Acid.

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The Breakfast Blend Scrambled Egg contains milk, a known allergen, which isn’t proclaimed on the label of the Whole Eggs with Citric Acid, according to the FSIS.

Extra Cartons

The company discovered the issue when it found that an equal number of additional cartons for the Breakfast Blend Scrambled Egg and Whole Eggs with Citric Acid were unaccounted for.

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The mix-up was discovered during an investigation by Michael Foods Inc., which led to the recall.

Affected Product

Around 4,620 pounds worth of liquid egg products are the subject of the recall.

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Restaurants in Alabama, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, South Carolina, and Utah received these products via shipment.

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Adverse Reactions

According to the FSIS, there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions caused by consumption of these products.

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Anybody worried about unfavorable health issues ought to contact a healthcare provider, the organization advised.

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Locations Impacted

The agency stated that it was concerned that some of these products might be in restaurants and institutional refrigerators. 

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They have urged consumers to throw them away or return them to where they were purchased instead of serving them to customers.

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Michael Foods

Refrigerated egg and potato products are among the many food products that Michael Foods manufactures and distributes.

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On its website, the company claims to be “the nation’s largest processor of value-added eggs.” 

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Value-Added Eggs

Their claim refers to eggs that are processed in a way that makes the consumer’s life easier. 

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This includes taking measures such as being pre-cooked or packed for mass consumption.

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Significant Allergen

Milk is one of nine significant allergens perceived by the Food and Drug Administration which should be recorded on food labels as an allergen.

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For a person with a milk allergy, accidental milk exposure can cause anything from mild reactions like hives, vomiting, and diarrhea to anaphylaxis, which can be fatal.

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Company Beginnings

Michael Foods has had its name since 1987 but the company traces its roots back to 1908 in New England.

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Their goals include extending the shelf life of their products for consumer ease and simplifying food preparation for food service kitchens and manufacturers.

The recall could have widespread implications for restaurants and industrial kitchens that utilize this product.

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