Updated: May 17, 2018 at 8:51 a.m.
The CDC reported that 12 more people from five states were added to the investigation since April 16, 2018. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is asking customers, restaurants, and retailers to not eat, serve, or sell recalled eggs produced by Rose Acre Farms' Hyde County Farm.
Of 35 total cases, 11 hospitalizations have occurred across a total of nine states. As you can see from the case count map below, the problem is mostly situated on the East Coast, but the fact that it was also reported in Colorado could point to signs of a national outbreak. Currently, there is still a major E.coli outbreak ongoing related to romaine lettuce. To learn more about that case, click here.
- Colorado: 1 case
- Florida: 2 cases
- New Jersey: 1 case
- New York: 8 cases
- North Carolina: 5 cases
- Pennsylvania: 6 cases
- South Carolina: 3 cases
- Virginia: 8 cases
- West Virginia: 1 case
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If you have a carton of eggs in your refrigerator right now bought from a grocery store, you need to go take a look at them. Over 200 million eggs produced by Rose Acre Farms are being recalled because the eggs may be contaminated with the bacteria Salmonella, which may cause people who eat the eggs to become sick.
The egg producer is headquartered in Indiana, but they operate facilities in six other states, including the farm in Hyde County, North Carolina, where the contaminated eggs came from. The affected eggs include these brands: Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Food Lion, Glenview, Great Value, Nelms, Sunshine Farms, Publix, Crystal Farms, Waffle House, and Sunups.
To check if your eggs are part of the recall, look at the end of your egg carton for a stamp with numbers and letters. If you see P-1065 (the plant number) and a code that reads between 011 and 102 (the date written in Julian date form), or P-1359D and 048A or 049A or Best By APR 02 and APR 03, you should throw away those eggs or take them back to the store.
Here is the full list of recalled eggs, along with helpful photos so you can compare the carton in your refrigerator to the recalled eggs.
So far, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reports of 23 people being infected with Salmonella Braenderup in nine states: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. Six people have been hospitalized, but fortunately no deaths have been reported. The recall, which is the largest egg recall since 2010, also affects eggs sold to restaurants.
In early March, the Food and Drug Administration began investigating a cluster of Salmonella infections in different states. After working with the CDC and state authorities, they were able to determine that eggs were a common factor in the reported illnesses.
The FDA then tracked the Salmonella outbreak to the farm in North Carolina and confirmed that it was the source of outbreak through testing samples taken from the farm and comparing them to the strain that infected the 23 patients.
Symptoms of Salmonella, including diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps, usually show up 12 to 72 hours after eating a contaminated food and the illness can last from four to seven days. Most people don't need treatment, but young children, elderly people, and anyone with weakened immune systems are more likely to be seriously affected.
If you've eaten potentially contaminated eggs recently and gotten sick, talk to your health care provider. You can also call the FDA with your questions about food safety at 1-888-SAFEFOOD Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET or visit the FDA's website.