The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that a salmonella outbreak caused by recalled eggs affected 35 people in nine states. Eggs that started the outbreak were recalled in April due to possible contamination with bacteria.
More than 200,000 eggs were recalled at that time.
Eggs that were recalled were produced by Rose Acre Farms’ Hyde County farm. The CDC recommends that people just throw the eggs away or try to return the eggs for a refund. Eggs from Rose Acre Farms were sold under various brand names such as Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Food Lion, Glenview, Great Value, Nelms, Publix, Sunshine Farms, and Sunups.
There have been no deaths reported from the salmonella outbreak. Eleven people have been hospitalized due to complications. The last update from the CDC was on April 16, since then there have been 12 more cases added to the outbreak.
People began getting sick from the eggs between November 16, 2017, and April 14, 2018. Those who were sick range from the age of 1 to 90 years old, the median age for those that are sick is 65 years old.
The CDC notes that there may be a discrepancy in those that have reported illness because it takes an average of two to four weeks for people to become ill and report that they’ve become ill.
States that have been affected so far include Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Tracing The Outbreak
The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention along with state authorities found the source of the outbreak in Hyde County, North Carolina, in an egg farm owned by Rose Acre Farms. The recall by the CDC affects eggs that are labeled with the P-1065 plant number with the Julian date range of 011 to 102 printed on the package. This means from January 11 to April 12.
There are differences in the Publix and Sunups egg cartons which feature the P-1359D plant number and the Julian dates of 048A or 049A. These dates mean April 2 and April 3.
Rose Acre Farms says that it is the second largest egg producer in the US. Rose Acre’s North Carolina farm produces about 2.3 million eggs daily and it contains about three million egg-laying hens. It says that it has never experienced any problems with its North Carolina farm and that a recall was done in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.