E. coli found in Cal Poly eggnog

December 1, 2011

Eggnog samples from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo have been found to be contaminated with E. coli and a recall has been initiated, according to Cal Poly.

The Cal Poly Creamery has issued a voluntary recall of its quart-sized bottles of Farmstead Made Eggnog after a sample was found to be contaminated with E. coli during routine testing on Wednesday.

As of Thursday afternoon, no illnesses have been reported in connection with the eggnog, Cal Poly said on its website.

The recalled eggnog is marked with the expiration dates Dec. 10 and Dec. 17 printed in blue on the top of the lid and may have been purchased at one of the following retailers:

•    Scolari’s Foods in Paso Robles, Pismo Beach and San Luis Obispo
•    Spencer’s Fresh Markets in Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria
•    SLO Fresh Market in San Luis Obispo
•    Cal Poly Campus Store and Village Market on the Cal Poly Campus in San Luis Obispo

Cal Poly’s production of eggnog has been suspended while the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the Cal Poly Creamery continue their investigation into the cause of the E. coli contamination.

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The Cal Poly creed, “Learn by doing,” in action!

Glad it wasn’t Salmonella. Also glad no one has become ill so far.

I buy CPSU eggs and produce when I can. The quality is superior. Also, I have to support the ol’ alma matter.

hehe….. Did CP teach you how to spell that?

This is unfortunate. Didn’t someone in another E. Coli story post how they only get Cal Poly eggs because they are so clean and well-tested or something?

I first tried this eggnog last year when I heard John Spencer pushing it during King’s morning news show. I tried it and loved it! One of the best non-alcoholic eggnogs I’ve tried – just as good as that fancy, expensive glass bottle one B-something, French name I think.

Anyway, I hope CP can recover from this and find out where/why/how of the contamination so they can rectify it ASAP.

Yes r0y, I mentioned that I only use CP eggs in my homemade ice Cream because they are so clean and I was concerned about salmonella since the eggs are only tempered and not fully cooked in the recipes I use. Now I see CP has not a salmonella contamination but e-coli. As far as I know, one is just as bad as the other. I think from now on I’ll purchase CP eggs a week ahead of the time and see if any problems are reported before I use them in eggnog’s and ice cream.


Lemme’ see, now….Okay—-I got it!

Three Reindeers were sittin’ in a holding cell after being ticketed for speeding and not having proper….Nope….That’s not it….(Slurp, slurp, sip….sipsipsip…)…Okay, I dot it! Three guys were sittin’ in a Reno lounge, on a three-day weekend from the Sheriff’s Dept….No!…It was their girlfriens! Tha’s it…They were takin’ a holiday from…ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ….

(Does “zzzzzzzzzz” count as a word?)


Yum! Eggnog! My hope is that, somewhere on Cal Poly campus, some industrious science students are making like Louis Pasteur and salvaging the stuff by making Hot Toddies out of it…

Hey! RogerFreberg! How to make Eggnog? I want some! If you print the recipe, I will trade you for a 55–scratch that!–60 word Eggnog story…OkayOkayOkay, Rog?! Now? Now, Rog? HiyaHiyaHiya!

Oh, why buy anyone’s eggnog when you can make your own???

If you are over 21 use the nog part of the recipe… if you are not… well… the egg should work.


Beware, many folks visiting George Washington’s Christmas parties had trouble staying on their horse going home.

Thank you most kindly for that recipe Roger (and Karen). I will give that a go with an old curmudgeon I know who is fond of homemade drinks and such. Looks like it would go well with a nice pipe. (tobacco, of course)