- Pushya Chokshi
Fridge Check: Your Eggs Might Make You Ill
On October 8th, 2020 a food recall was initiated by the Hilly Acres Farms for the possible contamination of eggs with Salmonella bacteria. This food recall was investigated under The Canadian Food Inspection Agency(CFIA) who is also making sure that the industry removes this recalled product from the market. It was categorized as a class 2 hazard under the CFIA. Official notification was passed by CFIA to the retailers along with other potential users of the product (bakery, café, and restaurants) to not sell or use the recalled products. It was documented that the recalled eggs were circulated in the Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nova Scotia.
The recalled eggs consist of 31 different products under various brand names. This included a few of the most commonly sold ones like Compliments(Sobeys), No Name(No Frills), and Great Value(Walmart). All of the eggs had a code date from September 2nd, 2020 to October 31st, 2020.
Image source: Few illustrations of the recalled products as on CFIA
Update: On October 9th, 2020 the recall was updated adding the little information on the previous recall. It was stated that the lot code of 38, N38, or hilly acres are included in the recalled.
The distribution of the product in the Cape Breton region of Nova Scotia was clearly marked in this update along with Newfoundland and Labrador.
Update: On October 10th, 2020 further information on the recall was posted which included the products from the Trinity Bakeshop Ltd. Six different products were listed in the update all having the date code from 26th October 2020 to 1st November 2020.
Image source: CFIA
There are no reported cases of the illness related to the consumption of these contaminated products. All the stores from small retailers to the shopping malls are making sure that these products are lifted from the shelf without any chaos.
Image source: Sobeys Sydney, Nova Scotia
If you think that you are sick after the consumption of these potentially infected products, consult your doctor. If you possess these products it should be either discarded or returned to the retailers. It should be noted that the food products infected with Salmonella might not look spoiled but can potentially make you sick.
Elderly people along with children and immunocompromised individuals are at the risk of becoming sick after infection. Symptoms may be short term( fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea) or Long-term( severe arthritis).
The Canadian food inspection agency (CFIA)