Millions of eggs recalled due to health concerns

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Almost 207 million eggs have been recalled after 22 people have become sick after eating them, according to the Federal and Drug Administration.

The recall came about after the illnesses were reported in states along the East Coast, and the FDA inspected the farm in eastern North Carolina's Hyde County that produces about 2 million eggs per day.

The recall is the largest of eggs in the USA since 2010, when more than 550 million eggs were recalled from two Iowa farms, according to the website Food Safety News.

The notice said Indiana-based Rose Acre Farms was voluntarily recalling the eggs "through an abundance of caution".

The eggs that are part of the recall can be identified by the plant number, P-1065, with the Julian date range of 011 through 102 printed on either the side portion or the principal side of the carton or package.

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Among the brands, stores and restaurants listed in the recall, were Great Value, Food Lion and Waffle House. The FDA says the eggs can be found in stores and have also been distributed to restaurants in Colorado and the other affected states.

Salmonella is a bacterium that adversely affects young children and the elderly, triggering fevers, vomiting and abdominal pain.

The FDA is telling anyone who purchased these eggs should throw them away or return them to the retailer where they were purchased for a refund. "The facility includes 3 million laying hens with a USDA inspector on-site daily", the company said.

David Rust began Rose Acre Farms in IN as a family operation with 1,000 hens in the 1930s and it grew to 17 facilities in eight states, according to its website.

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