Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Tainted Eggs; 35 People Sickened

More than 200 million eggs have been recalled

May 14, 2018 - 1:00 pm

(WWJ) The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has issued a warning concerning tainted eggs.

According to the CDC, twelve more people have gotten sick from salmonella spread by in-shell eggs, for a total of 35 people as of Friday. Eleven of those ill had to be hospitalized, officials said, but no deaths have been reported.

This comes after a recall of more than 200 million eggs was announced by Indiana-based Rose Acre Farms -- specifically concerning eggs from one of the company’s farm facilities in Hyde County, North Carolina. 

The recalled eggs were sold at Walmart, various grocery stores and to restaurants under multiple brand names, including the following: Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Food Lion, Glenview, Great Value, Nelms, Publix, Sunshine Farms and Sunups. They were also sold to restaurants. 

Those sickened, according to the CDC, live in Pennsylvania, Florida, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Colorado, Virginia and West Virginia. So far, no illnesses have been reported in Michigan. 

To determine if you purchased any of the contaminated eggs, check the carton for the following numbers: plant number P-1065 (the plant number) and another set of numbers a Julian date 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 APR 02 and APR 03.

Salmonella is a bacteria that can be found in raw foods and causes symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever, usually about 12 to 72 hours after infection, though the illness can sometimes take weeks to develop. Young children and the elderly are the most at risk for infection. Around 400 people die every year from acute salmonellosis, according to FDA.

Anyone who bought these eggs should not eat them and throw them away, or return them to the store for a refund. Then, the CDC said, wash yout hands and wash and sanitize drawers or shelves where the recalled eggs were stored. 

Get more information from the CDC here.