Nutriom responds to USDA, announces second recall
Producer of dehydrated egg products announces 'partial recall expansion,' but challenges agency’s assertion that there is a food safety risk.
Nutriom LLC, a dehydrated egg products producer in Lacey, Wash., issued a statement in response to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) public health alert issued regarding the company's products. In the alert, FSIS said Nutriom had not agreed to an agency request to expand its February 15 recall of dehydrated egg products.
USDA contends that the company allegedly recorded false laboratory results for Salmonella testing of products. These mandated tests are conducted to confirm the efficacy of the pasteurization processes of the liquid eggs which is performed prior to dehydration.
Nutriom contends that the product testing was conducted at an FSIS-approved laboratory and was found to be safe.
Commenting on the additional six lots the company recalled on March 27, 2014, Hernan G. Etcheto, founder and CEO of Nutriom, said: "Although products from these lots were tested at an FSIS-approved laboratory and found to be safe, we have determined that a technical, non-food safety error occurred. Based upon our research, we concluded that there is no scientific or legal basis for us to further expand the recall beyond these six lots. We presented FSIS with substantial supporting information on our production practices, including a series of laboratory test results from both private and federal government laboratories confirming microbiological safety. For reasons that remain unclear to us, these arguments were rejected by FSIS.
"It is important to emphasize that Nutriom has never encountered even a suggestion of any injury or illness associated with consumption of its products. FSIS inspectors had a continuous presence during production since the company's founding. Nutriom believes it would be doing a disservice to its customers to recall and destroy wholesome egg products under these circumstances."