USDA Recall of Nutriom and OvaEasy Egg Products
On February 15, 2014, the USDA and FSIS issued a CLASS I recall of over 220,000 pounds of OvaEasy egg products made by Nutriom LLC.
The CLASS I recall was issued due to potential Salmonella contamination of some dried egg products, many of them used by emergency food brands and labels. The OvaEasy products are also sold by large outdoor retailers and emergency food websites.
According to the USDA, a Class I Recall is “A health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”
Although no illnesses have been reported, the USDA FSIS press release states that the potential exists for people to experience sickness from the consumption of the affected OvaEasy and Nutriom egg products.
Mountain House Foods Safe from Nutriom Recall
As a survivalist website that sells emergency food, we wanted to inform our customers that Mountain House Products are not subject to the recall because they do not use any products from Nutriom LLC.
In fact, Mountain House produces their products in house and they are subject to strict quality and safety controls.
As stated by our rep at Mountain House: “We want to assure you that Mountain House was not affected by the recall. We cook all of our eggs in-house before freeze-drying them. With more than 50 years of experience, we have proven process and quality controls in place to ensure the safety and quality of our food. This is one of the many reasons we can claim that our food has the longest proven shelf life. Period. ”
Legacy Foods Safe from Nutriom Recall
Another brand that we carry, Legacy Foods, is also not affected by the Nutriom/OvaEasy recall. They do not use any Nutriom products in their long term emergency foods.
Food Safety and Emergency Food Storage
As prepping has gained popularity, more food storage companies have appeared on the scene and unlike Mountain House, they don’t have a 50 year history of producing high quality, long shelf life freeze dried food.
Many of them, including some popular brands advertised on radio, are produced by a third party off-site. This means that the base ingredients of their products could come from several different sources, like the egg products from Nutriom.
In addition, the third party producers are “white labeling” for several companies, so it can be difficult to determine which company is actually producing for each brand.
Why Food Safety Matters in Emergency Food Storage
Why is food safety important? Well, food safety is paramount in food storage because most of us are setting aside our food supplies for a future emergency.Therefore, we count on our food to be safe to eat whether the stated shelf life is 10, 15, or 20 years from now.
Imagine investing your hard earned money in a food storage product that has spoiled by the time you go to use it. Or worse, you consume the product and it makes you and your family deathly ill, all because the company you bought it from failed to meet strict food safety and quality standards.
Guidelines for Buying Emergency Food Storage
The bottom line is that you should thoroughly research any company you are thinking of buying emergency food storage from, plain and simple. Look at the length of time they’ve been in business, where they source their products from, and what type of industry standards they meet.
In addition, don’t let price alone dictate what brand you buy. Purchase your long term food storage from a reputable company that exceeds industry standards and has a proven track record for safety and quality.
To learn more about the OvaEasy and Nutriom recall and see a list of the affected products, click here.