WASHINGTON – The Food Safety and Inspection Service intends to remove from commerce 118,541 lbs. of processed egg products on concerns the eggs are contaminated with Salmonella.
Nutriom LLC, Lacey, Wash., declined to expand a previous recall launched Feb. 15 to include the additional egg products, according to FSIS. The agency had requested an expansion based on evidence collected during an ongoing investigation at Nutriom's facility.
"FSIS issued the original recall because the company allegedly recorded false laboratory results," the agency said in its public health alert. "The company allegedly produced negative laboratory results for Salmonella when the results were actually positive, or reported that sampling had occurred when, in fact, no microbial testing was performed. FSIS requested the company to include additional products, but it declined. Because the product was not produced in accordance with FSIS requirements, it is unfit for human consumption."
FSIS said the Food and Drug Administration typically has jurisdiction over egg products after they leave the facility if they are an ingredient in FDA-regulated products. However, USDA issued the original recall because the products are in consumer packages with an identifiable USDA Mark of Inspection, and FSIS had jurisdiction over the product when the contamination occurred.
The dried egg products were produced from May 2013 through January 2014, and bear the establishment number “INSPECTED EGG PRODUCTS PLANT 21493G” inside the USDA Mark of Inspection. FSIS said the affected products were shipped nationwide and to military installations in the United States and abroad, and to Mexico.