Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. Clarifies Previous Statement on Nationwide Shell Egg Recall

Silver Spring, Maryland–(ENEWSPF)–August 27, 2010.  Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALM) today issued the following clarification regarding the previously announced voluntary recall of shell eggs supplied from Hillandale Farms of Iowa. This information does not increase the total number of eggs which Cal-Maine purchased from Hillandale Farms, which was previously announced on August 20, 2010. Cal-Maine immediately contacted its customers to ensure that any eggs included in the recall were withdrawn from the marketplace.

Cal-Maine has voluntarily recalled specific Julian dates of shell eggs purchased on May 31, 2010, from Hillandale Farms of Iowa and re-packaged by Cal-Maine’s Benton County, Arkansas, facility, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Potentially affected eggs that were received by Cal-Maine at this facility total approximately 24,000 dozen. The affected eggs were distributed to food wholesalers and retailers in Oklahoma and Arkansas. Cal-Maine’s Benton County, Arkansas, facility received these eggs from Hillandale Farms of Iowa, which were then re packaged into large loose 5, 15 and 30 dozen units. The following products were included in this recall:

Product Description Plant Number Julian Date Expiration Date
Wagon Trail Large 5 dz. only
UPC Code -8-13905-00074-3
1382 150 6/28/10
West Creek Large Loose 15 and
30 dz.
1382 150 6/28/10
Generic Large Loose 15 dz. 1382 152, 153, 155, 160,
161, 164,
6/30/10 to 7/12/10
Generic Large Loose 30 dz. 1382 152,160, 167, 175 6/30/10 to 7/23/10
Sam’s Bulk Pack 15 dz.
UPC Code – 0 28621-99398-3
1382 151,152,158,159,160, 164, 168 6/29/10 to 7/16/10

Plant numbers and Julian dates can be found printed on the individual boxes. The Julian date follows the plant number, for example P1382-150.

None of the eggs were produced in Cal-Maine’s facilities or operations, and the affected product has since passed stated expiration dates.

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.

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. For further information and a complete listing of known brands, codes and dates involved please visit Questions and concerns may also be directed to Cal-Maine’s corporate office at 1-866-276-6299 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CDT.

Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. is primarily engaged in the production, grading, packing and sale of fresh shell eggs. The Company, which is headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, currently is the largest producer and distributor of fresh shell eggs in the United States and sells the majority of its shell eggs in approximately 29 states across the southwestern, southeastern, mid-western and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States.