Nearly 207 Million Eggs Recalled Amidst Fear of Salmonella Outbreak
"Consumers with these eggs shouldn't eat them. Throw them away or return them to place of purchase for credit or refund," the FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. tweeted.
Rose Acre Farms is recalling 206,749,248 eggs in nine states — and five of these states are in the South. The states affected via selling of these eggs in retail stores and restaurants are Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. So far, 22 cases of illnesses have been reported. The illnesses have been linked to Rose Acre Farms' facility in Hyde County, North Carolina.
As expressed in an FDA recall issued on Friday, the company is doing so "...because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems."
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Additionally, healthy people infected can rarely experience symptoms like fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella Braenderup can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis," the statement continues.
The FDA Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, M.D., shared the following intel on Twitter regarding brands impacted by the news:
You can read the full list of brands and stores here. Among the affected outlets was Southern favorite, Waffle House. If you suspect you or a household member consumed these eggs and has contracted a foodborne illness, reach out to your healthcare provider immediately. For more information, read the FDA's artilce Egg Safety: What You Need to Know.