(This article first appeared August 21, 2010. It has been updated to include additional plants as the result of a NuCal recall, a Moark recall and a Sparboe Farms recall that were announced after the initial publication)
After hearing from a few readers yesterday, I contacted Target's media communications office to ask whether any Market Pantry eggs were being recalled. I received a call-back from Jenn Glass, a Target spokesperson, who told me that none of Target's Market Pantry brand eggs were involved in the massive egg recalls.
I also asked Ms. Glass specifically whether Sparboe Farms eggs were sold at Target – Walmart has issued a statement that mentions a Sparboe Farms recall – and she promised to check and get back to me. That was yesterday afternoon.
Meanwhile, several readers have posted their concerns and experiences with Target's Market Pantry eggs. Here are some examples:
"Wondering about Market Pantry (Target Brand) P-1906203. They were all hard boiled too. Woke up sick today and wondering if its the eggs I ate the last two days or just being around my kid and other kids yesterday? Just wondering if these are on the list?"
"I keep seeing "Market Pantry brand at Target is fine" but I didn't want to risk food poisoning (or my life) to eat a delicious 9-cent egg.
After reading your report, I see a few things that make me think perhaps Target isn't taking this as seriously as they should:
1) My "Market Pantry" eggs are produced by/for Sparboe, which was listed as being supplied by Wright County.
2) Sure enough, the plant number listed on the carton is P-1951... isn't this the same plant as the NuCal recalled eggs are coming from?
So if Sparboe is being recalled by WalMart and P-1951 is being recalled by NuCal... then why is Target saying my P-1951 eggs from Sparboe are definitely fine??"
"I second the Target Market Pantry suspicion... have been in intestine hell for a few days... but I don't have the package anymore to check the stamp : ("
Here is a list of the fifteen egg plant locations (Plant ID numbers) that have been named so far in recall notices:
- P1026: Wright County Egg, Quality Egg Environ Division, Dows, IA
- P1091: NuCal Foods, Dwight Bell Plant, Atwater, CA
- P1156: E & M Ranch, Fontana, CA (added 8/23/10)
- P1167: Sparboe Agricultural Corporation, Hudson, CO (added 8/28/10)
- P1292: Hilmar Processing LLC, Hilmar, CA (added 8/22/10)
- P1382: Benton County Food, LLC, Benton, AR (added 8/28/10)
- P1413: Wright County Egg, Quality Egg LLC site 4, Clarion, IA
- P1663: Hillandale Iowa LLC, Alden, IA
- P1686: Nucal Foods, Gemperle Enterprises, August Plant, Hilmar, CA
- P1720: Wright County Egg, Quality Egg LLC site 1, Galt, IA
- P1860: Hillandale Iowa II, LLP, West Union, IA
- P1906: Sparboe Agricultural Corporation, Britt, IA (added 8/28/10)
- P1942: Wright County Egg, Quality Egg LLC site 3, Clarion, IA
- P1946: Wright County Egg, Quality Egg LLC, site 2, Clarion, IA
- P1951: Nucal Foods, Rainbow Farms, Denair, CA
I urge any reader who has Target Market Pantry eggs in the refrigerator to check the Plant ID/date code stamped on the end of the carton. If the plant ID matches one of the numbers listed above, please email me directly with the details.
If you have any recalled eggs in your refrigerator, do not use them. Discard them or return the eggs to the store for a refund. If you believe that you have become ill within a few days after having eaten eggs – either from Target or from any other source – contact your local public health authorities.
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