Friday, 17 August, 2018

FDA: 206 Million Eggs Recalled Across US Over Salmonella

206 million eggs recalled, including cartons sold in Virginia Rose Acre Farms recalls eggs due to possible health risks
Delia Stanley | 16 April, 2018, 12:01

According to the Food Safety News website, the recall marks the largest such pulling of eggs from the market in the USA since 2010.

In a statement, Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Ind. said that 22 illnesses but no deaths have so far been linked to the tainted eggs.

The eggs were distributed from a farm in eastern North Carolina's Hyde County by Indiana-based Rose Acre Farms.

The eggs were being sold under various brand names including Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Crystal Farms, Food Lion, Glenview, Great Value, Loose, Nells, Sunshine Farms, Waffle House, and Country Farms.

The recall was issued through an "abundance of caution" due to reported illnesses in the East Coast. The eggs were also distributed to several restaurant chains.

Salmonella is particularly harmful to the elderly and young children, causing symptoms such as abdominal pain, vomiting, fever and diarrhea.

The affected eggs, from plant number P-1065, have 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. The agency inspected the farm, which produces 2.3 million eggs a day from 3 million laying hens.

The FDA says anyone who bought the eggs should throw them away or return them to the place were they were purchased for a refund.

A 2010 egg-related salmonella outbreak led to more than 550 million getting pulled from shelves and thousands became sick.

The infections were first reported in early March, and a lab on April 11 confirmed that a sample from the Hyde County farm matched a strain that was spurring the illness, the FDA said.

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