Update, 5/14/2018: The salmonella outbreak linked to eggs continues. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention released new information last week, stating that 12 more people from five states have become ill due to the outbreak. This brings the total to 35 affected people in nine different states.
The CDC is continuing to advise consutmers, resturants and retailers to no buy or sell eggs produced by Rose Acre Farms’ Hyde County farm.
Update, 4/19/2018: Supermarket chain Publix has announced that it is also recalling its 18 pack of Publix Grade A Extra Large Eggs due to the potential contamination.
On top of that, federal inspectors from the U.S Food and Drug Administration say when they reviewed the facility in North Carolina, which is responsible for the recall, they found evidence of live and dead rodents, as well as “insanitary conditions and poor employee practices.”
Specifically, employees were caught touching dirty equipment, trash, their faces, and their “intergluteal cleft,” a.k.a. their butts before handling eggs.
Rose Acre Farms has until April 20 to respond to the inspection, so stay tuned.
Original, 4/15/2018: Over 200 million eggs have been recalled by Rose Acre Farms because they could potentially be contaminated with Salmonella.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Indiana company is voluntarily recalling exactly 206,749,248 eggs, which were distributed from a Hyde County, North Carolina farm. The recall, which is the largest egg recall since 2010, affects consumers in the following states: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.
According to the FDA, the eggs came from plant number P-1065 and have a date range of 011 through date of 102 printed on the packaging.
The affected eggs were sold under these brands:
- Coburn Farms
- Country Daybreak
- Crystal Farms
- Food Lion
- Great Value
- Sunshine Farms
- Waffle House
You can see the full list of affect products here.
The recall came about after 22 illnesses were reported in states along the East Coast. Salmonella poisoning can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.It can be especially dangerous for young children, elderly people, and those with a weakened immune system.
Consumers who have purchased the eggs should immediately stop using them and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Anyone with questions may contact the company at (855) 215-5730 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Standard time.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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