A salmonella outbreak that led to a recall of almost 207 million eggs has now sickened almost three dozen people in states along the East Coast.
Since the initial outbreak announcement on April 16, public health officials have reported a dozen more cases of Salmonella infection to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A total of 11 people were hospitalized in relation to the outbreak, with no fatalities reported so far.
As of May 10, the CDC reports that 35 illnesses have been reported across Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. NY and Virginia have reported the highest number of cases, with eight each. They were also sold to Waffle House restaurants and Food Lion stores.
The eggs were shipped to restaurants and grocery stores in nine states. Another 16 people recalled that they ate dishes with egg at a restaurant, with representatives from the restaurants confirming to the CDC that they used shell eggs when preparing the dishes.
Check egg cartons for the following numbers: P-1065 (the plant number) and another set of numbers between 011 and 102 (the Julian date), or, for Publix and Sunups egg cartons, plant number P-1359D and Julian date 048A or 049A with Best By dates of April 02 and April 03.
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"We apologize to anyone who may have been sickened or who has a family member or friend who may have taken ill because of our eggs", the company said.
According to the Post, Rose Acre Farms has come under scrutiny in the past for salmonella contamination.
Additional illnesses continue to be confirmed in an outbreak of Salmonella traced to eggs from Rose Acre Farms. In response, the government prohibited the company from selling eggs from three IN farms where the contaminated eggs originated and required expensive cleanups that threatened to put the company out of business. Symptoms usually include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps which set in about 12 to 72 hours after infection, and last four to seven days.
Inspectors found multiple violations of federal food safety regulations at the Rose Acre Farms facility.