More than 200 million eggs are being recalled after the Food and Drug Administration said they could be contaminated with salmonella. The agency said there have been 35 reported cases of illness, including 11 hospitalizations. No deaths have been reported.
The FDA said that the outbreak could be traced to a single facility in Hyde County, North Carolina belonging to Rose Acre Farms in Seymour, Indiana. The farm is now recalling nearly 207,000,000 eggs that were sold at a variety of retailers and restaurants including Walmart, Publix, Food Lion and Waffle House.
The recalled eggs were distributed in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. These are the affected egg brands:
- Coburn Farms
- Country Daybreak
- Crystal Farms
- Food Lion
- Great Value
- Sunshine Farms
- Waffle House
For a full list of products, visit the FDA’s website here.
Salmonella is a bacteria infection that can cause diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps beginning up to three days after exposure, according to the CDC. Infected people often recover without treatment, but young children, senior citizens and people with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to severe symptoms.
Eating raw or undercooked eggs has a greater potential for illness than eating thoroughly cooked eggs.
The affected eggs have “Best by” dates of either April 2 or April 3 on the packaging. Full up-to-date details of the recall can be found on the CDC’s website. Consumer who believe they have purchased the eggs should return them to the place of purchase for a full refund or throw them out.