A couple of days ago the U.S. Food & Drug Administration published an announcement about the largest food recall that the country has seen since 2010. Over 200 million eggs have been recalled due to major concerns over salmonella poisoning.
So far, twenty-two people have become ill from the strain Salmonella Braenderup, a less common form of the bacteria. Indiana-based Rose Acre Farms issued the voluntary recall after federal officials traced the source of the infections to the company’s Hyde, North Carolina Facility. This facility produces over two million eggs a day which are distributed throughout the East Coast.
As a result, eggs sold directly to consumers and restaurants in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania should be checked for plant number P-1065.
Below are the brand names that the eggs have been sold under:
• Coburn Farms
• Country Daybreak
• Crystal Farms
• Food Lion Glenview
• Great Value
• Sunshine Farms
• Waffle House
As you can see from the above list, the eggs have been served at Waffle House and sold at major retailers such as Food Lion and Walmart. You can either throw them away or take them back to where you bought them for a refund.
Symptoms of a salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever, vomiting, and abdominal cramps, which typically appear within 24-72 hours of exposure. The illness usually lasts up to seven days, and the majority of people recover on their own. However, a small number of severe cases require hospitalization.
The CDC has reported that there have been six hospitalizations and no deaths from this particular outbreak, but especially vulnerable populations include the elderly, young children, and those with compromised immune systems.
Complications from salmonella arise when the bacterial infection has spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and other parts of the body. If you suspect that you’ve been exposed to salmonella, you must seek medical attention immediately.
Although Salmonella Braenderup is a rare strain, this isn’t the first time that it has been linked to food recalls and major illnesses. For example, back in 2014, peanut and nut butters were recalled by the nSpired Natural Foods Company for potential contamination.
According to the CDC, if you have purchased any of these eggs, you should dispose of them in a sealed bag and then disinfect your fridge. Use warm soapy water on the shelves or drawers where they were stored.
For the complete list of brand names and locations where these eggs were sold, click here. Though it’s not possible to see salmonella, when shopping for eggs, check for any cracks, dirt, or dents, as bacteria can enter via any of these routes.
To be on the safe side, experts suggest that you wash the shells before cracking them or using pasteurized, liquid eggs if you want to be extra cautious. Nowadays, salmonella can live on the inner or outer part of an egg because it can be harbored in a chicken’s ovaries. Be vigilant!