Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 35; 207 Million Eggs Recalled


Initially 22 illnesses were reported leading to the recall of contaminated eggs by Rose Acre Farms in IN last month, the Huffington Post reported, but the number of cases has since climbed to 35, with almost a dozen being hospitalized for complications related to the infections. However, that count is now up to 35, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

PREVIOUS STORY: An Indiana-based farm is voluntarily recalling 206,749,248 eggs over fears of a potential Salmonella Braenderup contamination, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. When Rose Acre Farms was asked by the Washington Post about the situation, they were highly disheartened by the additional illnesses. They were sold under brand names such as Crystal Farms, Country Daybreak, Coburn Farms, Sunshine Farms, Publix, Sunups, Coburn Farms, Glenview and Great Value, as well as at Walmart and Food Lion stores across the country.

The grocery stores are located in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Virginia, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida.

The CDC now says that 35 people have gotten sick from salmonella spread by eggs. "This takes an average of two to four weeks". The eggs will also have a best by date of between April 2 and 3.

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The affected eggs are from plant number P-1065 with the Julian date range of 011 through date of 102 printed on either the side portion or the principal side of the carton or package. However, it can result in serious and sometimes fatal infections, especially in young children, the elderly and individuals with weakened immune systems.

"Illnesses that occurred after March 23, 2018, might not yet be reported due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill with Salmonella and when the illness is reported".

Federal inspectors said they saw dozens of rodents, filthy conditions and employees using poor hygiene at the egg farm.

For the record, this egg recall is the largest in the US since 2010, Food Safety News reported.