WASHINGTON (CBS) — Evidence of salmonella has been found at an Ohio egg farm that’s received financing from the owner of an Iowa egg farm that was behind a massive recall earlier this year.

Cal-Maine Foods Inc., the nation’s biggest egg seller and distributor, said it is recalling 288,000 eggs the company had purchased from supplier Ohio Fresh Eggs after a test showed salmonella at the Ohio farm.

No illnesses have been reported. According to Cal-Maine Foods, the Ohio Fresh eggs were distributed to food wholesalers and retailers in Arkansas, California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.

In a statement from company officials, Ohio Fresh Eggs said the farm had held back eggs from the Croton, Ohio, barn where the salmonella was found. However, through discussions with the FDA, the company discovered that some eggs from that barn were mistakenly sent to a distributor.

“Ohio Fresh Eggs sincerely regrets the error made on our farm, and we apologize to our customer and to consumers who may have purchased the eggs,” the officials said. “We are redoubling our efforts to ensure thorough and ongoing training of our workers so that this situation is not repeated.”

Cal-Maine Foods said the FDA told them about the positive sample.

Earlier this year, salmonella was found on two Iowa egg farms, Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms. The two companies recalled 550 million eggs in August when the products were linked to as many as 1,600 illnesses.

Austin “Jack” DeCoster owns Wright County Egg and has lent money to Ohio Fresh Eggs.

Ohio officials said DeCoster hid behind other farmers to get permits for the company in 2004. The permits listed two men who had put up just $10,000 apiece while DeCoster had pumped $126 million into the four farms, according to testimony in an administrative proceeding there. At the time, DeCoster had already been labeled a “habitual violator” of environmental laws in Iowa.

Ohio officials yanked the permits after learning about that, but an environmental appeals panel overturned that decision.

DeCoster has often tangled with the government. He has paid millions of dollars in state and federal fines over at least two decades for health, safety, immigration and environmental violations at his farms.

For more information on the recall, visit U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Comments (5)
  1. Angie McAfee says:

    Which stores in California have sold these eggs?

  2. Evelyn says:

    Good afternoon kcal9 news team, thanks for the info on the eggs. I just purchased some eggs last night and was about to eat some right before I heard your news info. I purchased the eggs from a Food 4 Less Store here in Long Beach, Ca. I spoke to a customer service rep. she stated that they had no knowledge of the egg recall and she would require about the info to her supervisor. My brand of eggs I purchased is Mountain Dairy. Would you please e-mail me of the brands that are being recalled. I have read the info you place on the website, but is Fresh Farm the only brand being recalled. Thanks again for the info and have a beautiful, blessed day!!!

  3. mister s says:

    Last time they kept expanding the recall to include more brands each day.

  4. Janine Lamont says:

    Hi KCal my name is Janine and I live in Reseda Ca. 91335. I purchased some eggs this past week at a local grocery store. ( Vallarta on Vanowen Ave. ) Last night for dinner I had 2 eggs over easy and I woke up this morniing at 6:a.m. to a excruciating stomach pain, chills, and body aches. It kept me in the bathroom for most of the morning. At noon I saw your segment on the recall eggs. I have a feeling that I had some of the contaminated eggs.

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