Recalled eggs have been discovered at four stores in West Virginia, according to West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass.
“Inspectors from the WVDA’s Regulatory and Environmental Affairs Division have been on the lookout for recalled products since we first became aware of this massive, national recall,” said Commissioner Douglass. “The FDA told us Monday that they didn’t believe any recalled product had been shipped to West Virginia. That information proved to be wrong.”
Commissioner Douglass said that – as a result – inspectors with the WVDA’s Regulatory and Environmental Affairs Division (READ) will be pulled from regular duties to focus exclusively on eggs for the next few days.
Commissioner Douglass added that those eggs were removed from shelves, and that some of the stores actually had pulled eggs before inspectors arrived.
“We’re concerned about consumer ‘recall fatigue,’” said Commissioner Douglass. “Our main message to consumers today is “Look and Cook.” Check your refrigerator for recalled product and cook your eggs thoroughly to be on the safe side.
Consumers should look for plant number P1860, Julian dates 099-230; plant number P1663, Julian dates 137-230; plant numbers P1026, P1413 and P1946, Julian dates 136-225. The Julian date is the numerical day of the year the eggs were packaged.
Those codes are based on FDA’s belief that Hillandale was the only recalled brand sold in West Virginia. A lengthy list of recalled brands and code numbers are listed on the FDA website. WVDA regulatory officials are reviewing that list to attempt to verify that information.
Consumers should return any recalled product to the store they purchased it from and report their discovery to WVDA’s READ at 304-558-2208. Stores that discover recalled product should call the same number so that the WVDA will not need to send inspectors.
A list of local egg producers and a video public service announcement on Julian dates – as well as a link to FDA’s complete recall list – can be found on the WVDA website at www.wvagriculture.org.
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture protects plant, animal and human health through a variety of scientific, regulatory and consumer protection programs, as mandated by state law. The Commissioner of Agriculture is one of six statewide elected officials in West Virginia. For more information, visit www.wvagriculture.org.
Gus R. Douglass