Sparboe Farms Provides Clarification on its Voluntary Recall of Fresh Shell Eggs

Litchfield, Minnesota–(ENEWSPF)–September 6, 2010 – Sparboe Farms issued the following clarification regarding the previously announced recall of shell eggs supplied by Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms. One additional brand is linked to this recall associated with possible Salmonella contamination. This information does not increase the total number of eggs which Sparboe Farms purchased from Hillandale Farms, which was previously announced on August 27, 2010.

Because of the commitment to ensuring the highest standards of food safety, Sparboe Farms has expanded their voluntary recall of X-Large, white shell eggs produced by Hillandale Farms and re-packaged by Sparboe Farms. The affected X-Large, white eggs were packaged under the Market Pantry and Sparboe Farms brand name. Customers impacted by the expanded recall have been notified. To date, there have been no reports of confirmed consumer illness relating to Sparboe Farms product.

The following X-Large eggs packaged under the Market Pantry brand name and distributed to a limited number of Target stores include:

Product: Plant # Julian Dates: States Potentially Affected: UPC #
Market Pantry XL 1 dozen 1906 211, 218, 219 AR, IA, IL , KS, LA, MN, MO, ND, NE, OK, SD, TX, WI 8523903159

The following X-Large eggs packaged under the Sparboe Farms brand name includes:

Product: Plant # Julian Dates: States Potentially Affected: UPC #
Sparboe Farms XL18 count 1906 219 NE, IA, SD 4461907033
XL Loose 15 dozen 1906 219 IL, IA N/A

Dates and codes can be found stamped on the end of the egg cartons or the side of the case. The plant number begins with the letter P and then the number. The Julian date follows the plant number, for example: P-1906-219

Consumers who believe they have purchased these shell eggs should not eat them but should either destroy or return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund. These eggs have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella which 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. Other fresh shell eggs and egg products sold by Sparboe Farms are not affected. Consumers with questions should visit or the Egg Safety Media Hotline (404) 367-2761.