Another major retailer Target announced that it too is discontinuing the use of all Sparboe egg products. The FDA has not issued a recall of Sparboe eggs but Target said it was telling all its stores to remove Sparboe eggs from its grocery shelves, as soon as possible.
McDonalds is searching for a new eggs supplier after results of an ABC News exclusive investigation featuring undercover tape filmed at Sparboe Farms. The tape shows unsanitary conditions and extreme animal cruelty – prompting McDonalds to drop Sparboe Farms as its main supplier. The FDA has also issued a rare company-wide warning letter to the company, citing serious violations at 5 different sites that the FDA said could lead to contaminated eggs.
ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross reports Sparboe produces hundreds of millions of eggs in its facilities in 3 states and claims it has never discovered salmonella in a single one of those eggs. The company provided ABC News with a guided one hour tour, requiring all of us to wear protective gear. Sparboe executive Ken Klippen said the filth and vermin seen on the undercover tape was an aberration.
According to their website, Sparboe Farms serves retail, wholesale and foodservice customers in 26 states. The core focus of Sparboe Farms is to service grocery distributors, retailers, foodservice professionals and processors who require superior quality eggs and egg products, both branded and private label and is recognized as the fifth largest shell egg producer and marketer in the United States, operates seven processing plants supported by 33 accompanying layer and pullet production sites, and owns and operates facilities in three states (Iowa, Colorado and Minnesota).
Sparboe is headquartered in Litchfield, Minnesota and has an Executive and Sales office in Wayzata, Minnesota.