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Florida woman files lawsuit alleging Rose Acre eggs gave her salmonella

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A farm out of southeastern Indiana is recalling more than 200 million eggs that have been distributed to consumers in nine states because of possible salmonella contamination.
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A 70-year-old diabetic Florida woman is seeking damages from Indiana-based Rose Acre Farms after contracting food poisoning from contaminated eggs.

Judy Roberts, who is also a cancer survivor, remembers eating shell egg products produced by Rose Acre Farms in the week leading up to her illness, according to a complaint filed Tuesday.

Roberts then experienced symptoms including vomiting, severe diarrhea, and fever, until she could no longer lift herself out of bed. She was hospitalized twice for a total of seven days and ultimately diagnosed with salmonella poisoning. 

What to do: 10 things to know about salmonella and Indiana eggs

More illnesses:Cases of salmonella linked to Rose Acre egg recall climbs to 35

As of May 10, the Centers for Disease Control have counted 35 people in nine states infected with the outbreak strain of salmonella that was linked back to a Rose Acre Farms egg facility in Hyde County, N.C. Eleven of those cases resulted in hospitalizations. No deaths have been reported.

A Food and Drug Administration inspection found a variety of unsanitary conditions at the facility, including rodent activity in the hen houses and improper handling of eggs by employees.

What FDA inspectors found: Rodents, filth and butt-scratching employees.

A USDA inspector was onsite: So why did people get sick?

In response to the outbreak, Rose Acre voluntarily recalled over 200 million eggs. In an April 30 response to the FDA’s inspection, the company officials said they would divert all eggs from the facility until issues at the farm were resolved.

Also named in the lawsuit are Save-A-Lot, LTD, Moran Foods, and Coburn Farms, who are charged with distributing the contaminated eggs.

IndyStar has reached out to the defendants named in the lawsuit for comment.

This story will be updated.

Emily Hopkins covers the environment for IndyStar. Contact them at (317) 444-6409 or emily.hopkins@indystar.com. Follow them on Twitter: @_thetextfiles.

IndyStar’s environmental reporting project is made possible through the generous support of the nonprofit Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.

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