Ungraded Eggs Found in GTA

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TORONTO — Public health officials in the Greater Toronto Area are investigating reports of thousands of ungraded eggs allegedly being sold by select wholesalers and retailers, according to the Toronto Star.

The Star reports that there are pending charges against nine companies. So far, six Toronto establishments — Sharable Bakery, Greystone Bakery, Farm Fresh Supermarket, Casa Imperial Fine Chinese Cuisine, ABC Bakery and Besmeats Wholesale Ltd.— are under investigation. The three other establishments in York Region have not been named.

Inspectors believe some of the ungraded product came from a distribution warehouse in Scarborough, Ont. Jim Chan, food safety manager for Toronto Public Health, told the Star more than 100,000 ungraded eggs were discovered at the unidentified facility last Friday. “Some of the eggs still have fecal matter on the egg shells, quite a bit of dirt and even feathers are inside the boxes, which are all indications of ungraded eggs,” he told the newspaper. “We brought CFIA [the Canadian Food Inspection Agency] in and they confirmed they were ungraded eggs.”

Ungraded eggs may be more likely to spread salmonella, which can cause serious health complications — and possibly death — in small children, the elderly and immune-compromised adults.

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