Approximately 207 million eggs produced at a farm in Hyde County, N.C., are being recalled voluntarily by the company due to concerns of contamination with the salmonella bacteria, the egg company announced.
Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Ind, in a statement on Friday, explained that 22 illnesses but no deaths have so far been linked to the contaminated eggs.
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According to the company;
“The recalled eggs have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.”
The recall came after illnesses were reported in East Coast states. The epidemic “led to extensive interviews and eventually a thorough FDA (Food and Drug Administration) inspection of the Hyde County farm, which produces 2.3 million eggs a day. The facility includes 3 million laying hens with a USDA inspector on-site daily,” the company stated.
“Consumers with questions may contact the company at (855) 215-5730 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Standard time,” the company added.
The eggs under recall were distributed from the North Carolina farm to retailers and restaurants in Florida, Colorado, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia, Rose Acre said.
All of the eggs come from plant number P-1065, with a “date range of 011 through date of 102 printed on either the side portion or the principal side of the carton or package.” A full list of affected products can be found below in the company’s news release.
Even healthy people infected with the strain of salmonella “can experience diarrhea, nausea, fever, vomiting and abdominal pain, heart or arthritic issues can also develop.
“Consumers who have purchased shells eggs are urged to immediately discontinue use of the recalled eggs and to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund,” Rose Acre said.