200-Million Egg Recall in 9 States Prompted by Salmonella Outbreak

Salmonella Scare Prompts Egg Recall In NY, NJ

A full list of affected eggs is listed on the FDA's food recall website.

The FDA said the illnesses prompted an inspection of the Hyde County farm, which produces 2.3 million eggs a day.

The eggs reached consumers in Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New Jersey, Virginia, Colorado, South Carolina, and West Virginia.

The company is voluntarily recalling 206 million eggs "through an abundance of caution", the FDA release says.

About 207 million eggs supplied by a North Carolina farm are being recalled after more than 20 consumers became ill from suspected salmonella poisoning.

The egg cartons affected by the recall should be labeled with the plant number P-1065, with packing dates ranging from 011 through 102.

Salmonella infections sicken 1.2 million people in the U.S. every year, leading to 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection that last from four to seven days. The eggs, produced by Rose Acre Farms' Hyde County farm, are sold under brands including Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Food Lion, Glenview, Great Value, Nelms, Sunshine Farms, FDA Commissioner Scott Gotlieb said on Twitter.

Purchasing pasteurized eggs would be the best way to prevent salmonella poisoning from eggs, but not all stores sell them.

So far, 22 reported cases of salmonella infections are believed to be tied to the contaminated eggs. Some instances require hospitalization and also the illness might be fatal.

Contamination can also take place if people don't wash their hands thoroughly after using the toilet or changing a diaper.

Avoid consuming raw or undercooked eggs.

The recall was voluntary on Rose Acre Farms' part. In severe cases, people can suffer arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis.

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