If you haven’t heard already, more than 200 million eggs from an egg farm owned by Rose Acre Farms have been recalled over salmonella concerns. According to the recall notice, the eggs “from the affected farm were distributed to nine states, including Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.” From there, the affected eggs made their way to “restaurants and supermarkets under multiple brand names, including Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Food Lion, Glenview, Great Value, Nelms and Sunshine Farms.” So far 22 reported illnesses have been linked to the recalled eggs.
Rose Acre Farms is known as the second-largest egg producer in the country, and the Hyde County farm where the contamination has been linked to “has about three million egg-laying hens, produces about 2.3 million eggs a day and has a United States Department of Agriculture inspector on-site daily,” according to the company. In response to the recall, a company spokesperson said, “the Hyde County farm has never before experienced a recall or serious safety violation.”
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) got wind of a “cluster of salmonella outbreaks” last month and launched an investigation to find the source of the outbreaks. It didn’t take long for investigators to trace the outbreaks to “an egg farm in Hyde County, North Carolina.” Since learning the affected eggs were coming from the farm, egg distribution has been paused and Rose Acre Farms made the decision to “voluntarily recall more than 206 million eggs.”
Customers can tell if they have a package of the recalled eggs by checking a few details on the packaging. For starters, all the recalled egg cartons are “labeled with the plant number P-1065, with packing dates ranging from 011 through 102,” according to the recall notice. For now, the FDA is advising consumers to thoroughly check to see if their eggs are included in the recall, and if they are, they should be disposed of or returned for a refund immediately.
Salmonella can cause serious health issues in those infected. Though most healthy people who become infected “usually recover without treatment after a few days of fever, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps,” others may require hospitalization. In fact, salmonella is particularly dangerous for those with compromised immune systems, infants, the elderly and pregnant women, and can even be fatal if not treated in time. According to the CDC, salmonella is responsible for nearly 1.2 million illness each year in the U.S., and 450 fatalities. That said, salmonella poisoning is nothing to scoff at, and should be taken seriously.