Salmonella Outbreak Tied to Egg Recall Sickens 12 More

Posted May 14, 2018

Illnesses were reported in nine different states - Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

The eggs were sold under brand names Country Daybreak, Crystal Farms, Coburn Farms, Sunshine Farms, Publix, Sunups, Glenview, Great Value.

The eggs, while produced in North Carolina, are owned by Rose Farms, an in based company. A total of 11 people were hospitalized in relation to the outbreak, with no fatalities reported so far.

Rose Acre Farms' recall is the largest involving eggs since 2010. Around 400 people die every year from acute salmonellosis, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

Due to epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback evidence from the CDC, the source of the salmonella was identified to be white-shell eggs produced by Indiana-based farm Rose Acre Farms, though the investigation is ongoing. "For Publix and Sunups egg cartons", the CDC says to check for "plant number P-1359D and Julian date 048A or 049A with Best By dates of April 02 and April 03. Throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for a refund", the CDC recommends on its website.

There are now 35 reported cases of Salmonella, across nine states. In response, the farm has recalled over 207 million eggs, some of which were distributed to restaurants or were sold at major grocery stores such as Walmart, Target, Publix, and Food Lion.

Rose Acre Farms told The Washington Post in a Saturday statement it was "disheartened by the additional illnesses".

Officials said more illnesses could be reported from people who ate the bad eggs after March 23. 450 people were sickened by three different salmonella outbreaks in 1990, all of which were tied to Rose Acre Farms, according to the Post.

The CDC's salmonella fact sheet states that the bacteria is responsible for about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths each year in the USA, with over 80 percent of the illnesses traced to tainted food.

The symptoms, which include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps, take about 12-72 hours after exposure to take effect.