Salmonella test spurs recall of shell eggs in Canada

Salmonella test spurs recall of shell eggs in Canada

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Following federal testing, Les Œufs Richard Eggs Inc. is recalling an unrevealed amount of shell eggs because of possible contamination with Salmonella.

The company reports distributing the implicated eggs to retailers in Quebec, Canada, according to a recall notice posted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The agency does not generally provide any details about the volume of food subject to any recalls.

There is concern that consumers may have some of the recalled eggs in their homes because the best-by dates run through the end of this year and into January 2021.

“Consumers should not consume and distributors, retailers and food service establishments such as hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, hospitals, and nursing homes should not serve, sell, or use the recalled products,” according to the recall notice.

“This recall was triggered by test results. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled.”

As of the posting of the recall notice, government officials had not received any reports of confirmed illnesses related to the recalled eggs.

Consumers and retailers can use the following information to determine whether they have any of the recalled eggs on hand. For photos of the recalled eggs, please click here.

BrandProductSizeUPCCodes
Les Œufs Richard Eggs Inc.Large Size Eggs12 eggs0 57711 01056 920-12-26 Q29
Les Œufs Richard Eggs Inc.Large Size Eggs, Family Pack18 eggs0 57711 01018 720-12-22 Q29
20-12-26 Q29
Les Œufs Richard Eggs Inc.Extra Large Size Eggs12 eggs0 57711 01064 420-12-26 Q29
Les Œufs Richard Eggs Inc.Extra Large Size Ultra Eggs12 eggs0 57711 01070 520-12-18 Q29
20-12-22 Q29
20-12-24 Q29
Les Œufs Richard Eggs Inc.Large Size Brown Eggs12 eggs0 57711 08056 220-12-24 Q29
20-12-30 Q29
NutriLarge White Eggs12 eggs0 61719 01121 320-12-22 Q29
20-12-24 Q29
NutriLarge White Eggs18 eggs0 61719 01155 820-12-22 Q29
21-01-01 Q29
NutriLarge White Eggs30 eggs0 61719 01164 020-12-22 Q29
20-12-24 Q29
no nameMedium size eggs12 eggs0 60383 66415 220-12-26 Q29

About Salmonella infections
Food contaminated with Salmonella bacteria does not usually look, smell, or taste spoiled. Anyone can become sick with a Salmonella infection. Infants, children, seniors, and people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of serious illness because their immune systems are fragile, according to the CDC.

Anyone who has eaten any eggs and developed symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek medical attention. Sick people should tell their doctors about the possible exposure to Salmonella bacteria because special tests are necessary to diagnose salmonellosis. Salmonella infection symptoms can mimic other illnesses, frequently leading to misdiagnosis.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food. Otherwise, healthy adults are usually sick for four to seven days. In some cases, however, diarrhea may be so severe that patients require hospitalization.

Older adults, children, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems, such as cancer patients, are more likely to develop a severe illness and serious, sometimes life-threatening conditions.

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