Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 35; 207 Million Eggs Recalled

Eggs sit in an egg carton in Washington, DC, August 19, 2010. A US egg producer has recalled more than 380 million chicken eggs in eight states apparently contaminated with salmonella bacteria after hundreds of people have become sick, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). AFP PHOTO …

Thirty-five people in nine states have fallen ill with salmonella poisoning caused by contaminated eggs, prompting authorities to recall more than 207 million eggs.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced this week that of the 35 people who fell ill from the salmonella outbreak, 11 had to be hospitalized. The agency said there was no reported deaths in connection with the outbreak.

Officials initially announced the outbreak—which has been linked to the Hyde County, North Carolina, location of egg producer Rose Acre Farms—in April.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notified the public at that time of Rose Acre Farms’ voluntary recall of more than 200 million eggs and warned consumers not to consume eggs from certain brand names.

The brands affected by the recall include Crystal Farms, Great Value, Country Daybreak, and others. The affected eggs were also shipped to Food Lion stores and Waffle House restaurants.

The FDA is urging consumers to return or discard eggs from brands listed in the recall.


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