Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

One illness reported in Colorado as salmonella outbreak traced to eggs grows

One illness reported in Colorado as salmonella outbreak traced to eggs grows

The eggs were sold under various brand names, including Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak and Crystal Farms.

States that have been affected so far include Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The outbreak has been linked to eggs distributed by Rose Acre Farms, a family-owned business based in IN that describes itself as the second-largest egg producer in the U.S.

Rose Acre Farms in IN voluntarily recalled 206,749,248 eggs due to potential contamination with Salmonella Braenderup, the Food and Drug Administration said in a statement. They were available at major grocery stores including Walmart and Food Lion. Eleven people have been hospitalized for complications related to the infections, the CDC said, but no deaths have been reported. It is being urged that if you or anyone you know present these symptoms after ingested recalled eggs to contact your doctor and get treatment immediately. Since then, there have been 12 more cases added to the outbreak. "This takes an average of two to four weeks", the CDC said in a statement. Days later, Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. issued its own recall for 23,400 dozen eggs that it bought from the farm.

On the packaging of the recalled eggs, consumers can find the plant No. P-1065, and a Julian date range of 011 through date of 102.

As of April 16, 35 people from nine states had been sickened by the bacteria.

The Seymour-based company describes the contamination as "an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems". "Rose Acre Farms takes food safety and the welfare of our hens, workers, and consumers very seriously". The advisory also warned that the tainted eggs should be disposed of, or returned to the place of purchase for a refund.

The report said inspectors spent March 26 to April 11 at the Rose Acre Farms egg operation in Pantego, N.C. and found "unacceptable rodent activity" and dirty equipment.

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