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Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. comments on involvement in recently expanded nationwide shell egg recall.

Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALM) recently was notified by an Iowa producer that between April 9 and August 18, 2010, the producer sold 32 truckloads of eggs, or approximately 800,000 dozen eggs, to Cal-Maine. This accounts for approximately 0.3 percent of Cal-Maine's total sales for that time period. The affected product was added today to the expanded nationwide recall.

"Cal-Maine has been actively monitoring this situation, and, as soon as we learned of the expanded recall, we immediately began notifying the affected customers," said Dolph Baker, president of Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. "None of the eggs were produced in Cal-Maine's facilities or operations."

For a complete listing of known brands, codes and dates involved, including today's additions, please visit www.eggsafety.org.

Cal-Maine has an industry-leading record in food safety with all of its 35 processing plants independently verified as reaching the highest level of safety by the Safe Quality Food Institute, SQF Level 3. The Company follows standard industry procedures to comply with the requirements of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) Final Rule for Prevention of Salmonella enteritidis during production, transport and storage, which was made effective July 9, 2010.

While this recall represents less than one percent of all eggs produced in the United States, consumers are reminded that properly storing, handling and cooking eggs should help prevent food-borne illness. The Egg Safety Center and the FDA recommend that eggs should be fully cooked until both the yolks and the whites are firm, and consumers should not eat foods that may contain raw or undercooked eggs. For more information on proper handling and preparation of eggs and answers to other frequently asked questions, visit www.eggsafety.org.

Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. is primarily engaged in the production, grading, packing and sale of fresh shell eggs. The Company, which is headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, currently is the largest producer and distributor of fresh shell eggs in the United States and sells the majority of its shell eggs in approximately 29 states across the southwestern, southeastern, mid-western and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States.
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