FDA Recalls 206M Eggs After Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 22 People

by Kim Boateng Posted on April 15th, 2018

Silver Spring, Maryland, USA: 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.

‎EARLIER: Trash Romaine Lettuce Amid E. coli Outbreak – CDC Warns – Atlanta, Georgia, USA: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, Friday, warned consumers not to eat romaine lettuce amid an outbreak of E. coli in multiple states. The CDC said all romaine lettuce, including salads and salad mixes, should be thrown away no matter where in the United States it was purchased. Restaurant customers should ask the origin of the lettuce before eating it. If you cannot confirm the source of the romaine lettuce, do not buy it or eat it, the CDC advised.

The CDC said the ongoing outbreak of E. coli was linked to romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona.

“Information collected to date indicates that chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region could be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and could make people sick,” the CDC said in an update on Friday.

The CDC said that no brand, distributor or supplier has been identified in connection with the E. coli outbreak. But it said that anyone who has bought romaine lettuce or salad mixes that contain romaine lettuce should throw it away, and ask restaurants if the romaine lettuce is from the Yuma region. The CDC also advised restaurants against selling any romaine lettuce from Yuma.

The CDC earlier said, Thursday, that it was investigating an E. coli outbreak across at least seven states; that number increased Friday to 11 states. The outbreak has infected 35 people, 22 of whom have been hospitalized. Three have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a form of kidney failure.

About 90 percent of all the Romaine lettuce grown in the United States between November and March is grown in and around the Yuma area, according to the city’s website. The site said there are nine salad factories that produce bagged lettuce and salad mixes and process over 2 million pounds of lettuce per day.

E. coli, or Escherichia coli, is a bacteria that normally lives harmlessly in the intestines of people and animals. Some types can cause illness through exposure to contaminated food or water, or contact with animals or other people. Symptoms include severe stomach cramps, often bloody diarrhea, and vomiting.

E. coli can be prevented by thorough hand washing after using the bathroom or changing a diaper, before and after food preparation, and after contact with animals.

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Kim Boateng

With a Degree in Environmental Sciences, Kim the self professed jack of all trades and master of some simply "goes there" and brings a level of attention and detail to Nigeria Circle's quest for excellence in investigative journalism that sets her apart. Before journalism she worked in Safety, Quality Assurance and Control in several industries.
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