Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Medical | By Josefina Yates

Number Of Salmonella Cases Linked To Eggs Continues To Rise

Number Of Salmonella Cases Linked To Eggs Continues To Rise

The CDC said at least 35 confirmed cases of salmonella have been reported in connection to an egg recall at a Rose Acres Farm in Hyde County.

Twelve more people have been reported sick since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) first issued an advisory about the outbreak in April, the organization announced Thursday.

People in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Colorado were also affected.

Rose Acre Farms in IN voluntarily recalled 206,749,248 eggs due to potential contamination with Salmonella Braenderup, the Food and Drug Administration said in a statement.

Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. voluntarily recalled 23,400 dozen eggs purchased from Rose Acre Farms.

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Contaminated eggs were sold under multiple brand names including Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Food Lion, Glenview, Great Value, Nelms, Publix, Sunshine Farms, and Sunups.

Egg cartons with the following numbers were impacted: P-1065 (the plant number) and numbers between 011 and 102. "Rose Acre Farms takes food safety and the welfare of our hens, workers, and consumers very seriously".

As of April 16, 35 people from nine states had been sickened by the bacteria. "It's very hard to know that so they have to do a large recall".

Of the 25 people for whom complete information is available, 88 percent, or 22 people, reported eating shell eggs before becoming sick. No deaths have been reported. It can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain among healthy people, but can lead to fatal infections among children younger than 5, adults older than 65 and those with weak immune systems. Authorities said the DeCosters' company, Quality Egg, sold eggs contaminated with Salmonella enteriditis to several states and bribed an inspector for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in an attempt to sell eggs that were "red tagged" for failing to meet minimum industry standards.

For a full list of recalled brands, consumers are urged to check the Food and Drug Administration's website.

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