More than 200 million eggs have been recalled because of potential Salmonella contamination, the FDA recently announced.
The FDA, along with the CDC, traced the source of the outbreaks to an egg farm in Hyde County, North Carolina. The Hyde County farm is one of 17 facilities owned by Rose Acre Farms, of Seymour, Indiana, which voluntarily recalled the potentially contaminated 206,749,248 eggs. Currently, 23 cases of Salmonella infections have been reported by the CDC, including six hospitalizations. No deaths have been reported by the CDC.
The Hyde County farm distributes to restaurants and supermarkets in nine states, including Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.
Foods with animal origins, such as eggs, meat and poultry, may be contaminated with the Salmonella bacteria, according to the CDC, and should not be consumed raw or undercooked. “This is a reminder that eggs, like other food-animal products, are not pathogen free,” Elaine Scallan, PhD, director of the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center, co-director of the Colorado Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence and associate professor in the department of epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health, told Infectious Disease News. “Consumers, particularly those known to be at a higher risk for foodborne illness (young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems), should be reminded to refrigerate eggs and to cook eggs well or use pasteurized egg products.”
Rose Acre Farms voluntarily recalled more than 200 million eggs because of potential Salmonella contamination, according to the FDA.
Source: Debora Cartagena/CDC
In a statement, Rose Acre Farms said that some of the illnesses were linked to grocery stores where the company does not supply eggs.
However, the Hyde County farm suspended distribution of shell eggs, and the FDA recommends that consumers in affected states check their purchases and avoid eating potentially contaminated eggs.
The eggs are sold under various brand names, such as Great Value, Glenview, Sunshine Farms, Coburn Farms, Crystal Farms, Country Daybreak and Food Lion.
The recalled egg cartons should have the plant number P-1065, along with the Julian date range of 011 through 102, or Jan. 11 to April 12, according to the FDA.
“The recall was conducted in full cooperation with the FDA and we look forward to getting the Hyde County farm back in operation as soon as possible,” Rose Acre farms said in the statement. “For now, the North Carolina farm has halted delivery of all shell eggs, but Rose Acre is working on a 24-hour basis to fill customer orders from its other facilities around the country.” – by Marley Ghizzone
Disclosure: Scallan reports no relevant financial disclosures.