Atlanta, Georgia, USA: The Salmonella outbreak that led to a recall of of more than 206 million eggs has sickened a dozen more people in five more states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, says.
Nearly three dozen people in nine states have now been sickened by the salmonella outbreak.
The outbreak has been traced to a single facility in Hyde County, North Carolina, belonging to Indiana-based egg producer Rose Acre Farms. In April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced 23 people had been sickened by it; in recent weeks, that number jumped to 35, the CDC said.
The 12 who fell ill recently were in five different states. All of the affected states have been along the East Coast except for Colorado, where one case has also been reported.
CDC continues to recommend consumers, restaurants, and retailers should not eat, serve, or sell recalled eggs produced by Rose Acre Farms’ Hyde County farm. Throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for a refund.
CDC Advice to Consumers, Restaurants, and Retailers
Consumers should not eat recalled eggs
• Throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for a refund.
• Wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where recalled eggs were stored. Follow these five steps to clean your refrigerator.
Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell recalled eggs.
• Wash and sanitize any crates or other containers where recalled eggs were held or sold. Use a solution of chlorine bleach and hot water or another appropriate sanitizer, following the instructions provided on the label.
Always handle and cook eggs safely to avoid foodborne illness from raw eggs. It is important to handle and prepare all fresh eggs and egg products carefully.
• When eating eggs at home or in a restaurant, make sure the eggs are cooked until both the yolk and the white are firm. Scrambled eggs should not be runny.
• Wash hands and items that came into contact with raw eggs—including, counter tops, utensils, dishes, and cutting boards—with soap and water.
Contact a healthcare provider if you think you got sick from eating recalled eggs.
• Most people infected with Salmonella develop the following signs and symptoms 12-72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria:
o Stomach cramps
EARLIER: FDA Recalls 206M Eggs After Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 22 People – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA, Saturday, recalled more than 206 million eggs sold under nine different brands in nine states. The eggs were distributed from the farm in Hyde County, North Carolina and reached consumers in the following states: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia through retail stores and restaurants via direct delivery the recall notice said.
“Through an abundance of caution Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Indiana is voluntarily recalling 206,749,248 eggs because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals infected with Salmonella Braenderup can experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella Braenderup can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis”, the FDA said.
The recall notice says that 22 illnesses have been reported. That’s not 22 illnesses out of 206,749,258 eggs recalled, but 22 illnesses that Rose Acre Farms and the FDA know about before those eggs were recalled. Some recalled eggs were still in stores, some are in home refrigerators, some have been bought, used, thrown away, etc .
“Consumers who have any of these shell eggs in their homes should not eat them and should throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for credit or refund”, The FDA alert stated.
The recall by Rose Acre Farms is, according to Food Safety News, the largest in the United States since a 2010 recall also spurred by salmonella.
“After learning that all of the people who became ill ate eggs or egg dishes, the FDA was able to trace back the source of some of the eggs to the Rose Acre Farms’ Hyde County farm,” the FDA outbreak alert stated. “FDA investigators then inspected the farm and collected samples for testing. FDA analysis of the samples revealed that the same strain of Salmonella Braenderup that caused the illnesses was present at the Hyde County Egg facility, tying the facility to the illnesses.”
Though Rose Acre Farms is headquartered in Seymour, Indiana, the aforementioned farm is in Hyde County, North Carolina.
The eggs went to stores and restaurants in Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, Colorado and West Virginia. They were sold loose to restaurants, of which one was Waffle House. In grocery stores, they were sold under brands Country Daybreak; Crystal Farms; Coburn Farms; Sunshine Farms; Glenview; Great Value (Walmart’s store brand); and Food Lion’s store brand.
On the packaging of the recalled eggs, consumers can find the plant No. P-1065 and a Julian date range of 011 through date of 102, the FDA said.
Those with questions should call the comapny at 1-855-215-5730, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Eastern Standard time.