Salmonella fears triggers recall of 288K eggs


Cal-Maine Foods Inc. is the nation's biggest egg seller and distributor and has links to the two Iowa egg farms responsible for the massive egg recall earlier in 2010. It is recalling the eggs purchased from supplier Ohio Fresh Eggs after a routine test showed salmonella at the Ohio farm for eggs processed from Oct. 9 to Oct. 12.

In a statement, Ohio Fresh Eggs officials said the farm had held back eggs from the Ohio farm where the salmonella was found. However, the company later discovered that some eggs from that Ohio farm 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."

The farm said no illnesses have been reported. The eggs purchased from Ohio Fresh Eggs were reportedly distributed in Arkansas, California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.

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

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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