The Good Earth Egg Company, LLC of Bonne Terre, MO is recalling its shell eggs because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
FDA notified the company after the federal agency linked eggs produced at the Good Earth facility to cases of Salmonella illnesses in Missouri. Because of this, Good Earth says it is recalling all of its shell eggs. The dates and codes on the cartons and cases will include everything prior to and including date code 006 - Sell By 02/05/2016, under the brand name Good Earth Egg Company, license number D-01124. Eggs were distributed throughout the Midwest, including Missouri and Illinois, at the retail and wholesale level, institutions, and to walk-in customers.
Good Earth says it is working with distributors and retailers to remove these products from wholesale suppliers and retail shelves.
“We are taking these steps because consumer safety is our top priority,” the company said in a statement. “As a third-generation family operated farm, we are solely focused on providing fresh, quality, healthy eggs to local consumers. Although no Good Earth Egg Company eggs have tested positive for Salmonella, we feel strongly that issuing a voluntary recall is the right thing to do. Good Earth Egg Company is working closely with the FDA to determine the root cause of the potential contamination.”
In December last year, testing conducted by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) indicated the presence of Salmonella bacteria at the Bonne Terre facility. The Good Earth facility was, closed and later reopened after cleaning and remediation efforts. Follow-up testing by DHSS was negative for Salmonella bacteria.