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Local eatery reacts to massive egg recall

by Colby Robertson

WAUSAU (WAOW) -- The CDC blames an Iowa plant for a massive egg recall caused by salmonella. Earlier this week, the affected eggs made their way to Central Wisconsin.

Nationwide, they're recalling 380 million eggs. Federal officials say this is the largest egg recall in years. So, it's no surprise area restaurants are scrambling over the recall.

The Eagle's Nest in Wausau is known for serving up massive omelets going through hundreds of eggs a day. Reinhart, a distributor from Shawano, delivers eggs throughout the state, including Eagle's Nest at least twice a week.

Jess Pomasl says, "7-8 cases and there's 180 eggs in a case, so a lot of eggs."

Earlier this week the popular Wausau restaurant was hit by the nationwide recall.

Elaine Butt says, "We got a call from our distributor, our rep telling us that the code number that we had our egg delivery on Monday was a recall, but they didn't tell us why."

Luckily none of the recalled eggs at Eagle's Nest were served to customers. They found out about the recall early enough before any of the cases had been opened.

Butt says, "We hadn't opened them yet because we still had some that we were using form Friday, so none of them were used, it was good."

The Shawano Distribution company immediately came to pick up the hundreds of potentially contaminated eggs Tuesday morning, leaving the staff scrambling to find good eggs to serve customers.

Pomasl says, "Thousand eggs or more, so we were lucky to have someone bring us eggs. Otherwise we'd have had a lot of customers. I mean we serve a lot of eggs every morning, and all day."

The egg recall never affecting Eagle's Nest customers, but causing quite the hassle for a business the depends on cracking them open every morning.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.

The main thing you need to be looking for are the Julian dates and plant numbers:

  • The Julian Dates range from 136 to 225.
  • The plant numbers are 1026,1413 and 1946.
  • Dates and codes can be found stamped on the end of the egg carton.
  • The plant number begins with the letter P and then the number and Julian Date follows.
  • For example P-1946 223 is a recalled carton.

If you think you may have purchased these eggs return them to the store for a full refund or throw them away.

Online Reporter: Colby Robertson

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