Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Salmonella Outbreak Tied to Egg Recall Sickens 12 More

Crates of eggs at farmers market Crates of eggs at farmers market. Hadel Productions Getty Images iStock
| 14 May, 2018, 06:03

A salmonella outbreak that led to a multi-state recall of more than 200 million eggs has worsened in recent weeks.

Since the initial outbreak announcement on April 16, public health officials have reported a dozen more cases of Salmonella infection to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The eggs were shipped to restaurants and grocery stores in nine states. In New York, eight people have fallen ill in relation to the recall. The farm has recalled more than 207 million eggs.

In April, Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Ind., voluntarily recalled 206,749,248 eggs because they could be contaminated with salmonella.

As noted in a report from the Tampa Patch, the salmonella outbreak was traced to eggs from Indiana-based Rose Acre Farms' Hyde County, North Carolina, farm, and were sold under a variety of brand names, including Country Daybreak, Crystal Farms, and Great Value. Eggs sold at Publix and branded as Sunups are marked with plant number P-1359D, pack date 048A or 049A and best-by dates of April 02 and April 03. The outbreak has affected 35 people across nine states, including 11 people who have been hospitalized. In a statement to the Indianapolis Star, chief operating officer Tony Wesner said: "We're sorry for any concerns we may have caused consumers because some of our policies fell short of FDA standards, and we vow to do better in the future". In response, the government prohibited the company from selling eggs from three IN farms where the contaminated eggs originated and required expensive cleanups that threatened to put the company out of business.


Rose Acre Farms' recall is the largest involving eggs since 2010.

According to the Post, Rose Acre Farms has come under scrutiny in the past for salmonella contamination.

Salmonella is a bacterial infection that causes symptoms such as a diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. The outbreak spread to almost 40 states and sickened 132 people.

For a full list of recalled brands, consumers are urged to check the Food and Drug Administration's website. Sixteen people reported eating various egg dishes at different restaurants, according to the CDC.

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