If you live in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia or West Virginia, check your eggs, stat — they could be contaminated with salmonella.
According to a federal Food and Drug Administration report on Friday, Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Indiana, has recalled more than 200 million eggs. This recall follows an outbreak of salmonella that was traced to one of the company's farms in North Carolina. Since the outbreak, 22 illnesses were reported.
According to the FDA, healthy individuals infected with salmonella can experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
The New York Times reports that the FDA learned about the outbreaks in multiple states last month and worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as state authorities to trace the source of the illness. This led them to the egg farm in North Carolina, which produces 2.3 million eggs a day according to the FDA.
The affected eggs are sold under multiple brand names, the FDA reported, including Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Food Lion, Glenview, Great Value, Nelms and Sunshine Farms. The recalled eggs were also sold to restaurants.
The FDA urges consumers to check their purchases and avoid eating eggs that might be contaminated. When checking your egg carton, look for the label with the plant number P-1065 with packing dates ranging from 011 through 102 (which means Jan. 11 through April 12). For a full list, you can visit FDA's website.
If you have purchased eggs affected by the recall, the FDA recommends you return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. And if you have questions, you may contact the company at (855) 215-5730 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Standard time.
Rose Acre Farms released a statement in response to the recall, saying, "The Hyde County farm has never before experienced a recall or serious safety violation." It continues to say that the recall "was conducted in full cooperation with the FDA."
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