A multistate outbreak of salmonella poisoning has prompted the largest egg recall in nearly a decade.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday said the recall of 206,749,248 eggs (more than 17 million dozen) follows 22 reports of illness linked to consumption of salmonella-contaminated eggs. Food Safety News says the egg recall is the largest of its kind since 2010.
The affected eggs were distributed to stores and restaurants in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. They were sold under several brand names to grocery chains and distributed in bulk to Waffle House and food vendors, but they all originated from the North Carolina operation of Seymour, Indiana-based Rose Acre Farms.
According to the FDA, Rose Acre Farms is the second-largest egg producer in the U.S. The company’s North Carolina farm where the recalled eggs came from has 3 million hens producing 2.3 million eggs every day.
Salmonella infections are particularly dangerous to the young and elderly and anyone in frail health or with a weak immune system. Healthy individuals can experience nausea, vomiting, fever, diarrhea, and stomach pain.
Salmonella is universally present in the environment, but concentrations of 1,000 cells or more on food are the main cause of outbreaks in the U.S. Beef, pork, poultry, fish, shrimp, eggs, milk and other dairy products are common hosts to high concentrations of Salmonella, but fruit, vegetables, herbs, and other produce are also frequently contaminated.
According to the FDA, about 1 million people in the U.S. are sickened by Salmonella every year. Salmonella infections result in about 19,000 hospitalizations and 380 deaths.
The FDA urges people who have purchased any of the recalled eggs are to immediately discontinue use and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the Rose Acre Farms Product Recall Line at 855-215-5730 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Standard time.
The FDA provides the following instructions for identifying the recalled eggs:
The affected eggs, from plant number P-1065 with the Julian date range of 011 through date of 102 printed on either the side portion or the principal side of the carton or package, as follows:
Lot Codes 011 – 102
|Item Description||Carton UPC|
|COUNTRY DAYBREAK A LARGE X 30 DOZEN||077236000302|
|COUNTRY DAYBREAK A LARGE X15 DOZEN||077236000302|
|COUNTRY DAYBREAK A JUMBO X24 DOZEN||077236000500|
|COUNTRY DAYBREAK A MEDIUM X30 DOZEN||077236000203|
|COUNTRY DAYBREAK A XLARGE X30 DOZEN||077236000401|
|COUNTRY DAYBREAK A JUMBO X12 DOZEN||077236000500|
|FOOD LION A JUMBO X 12 DOZEN||035826089618|
|FOOD LION A MEDIUM X15 DOZEN||035826089649|
|FOOD LION A XLARGE X 15 DOZEN||035826089625|
|FOOD LION A 18PK LARGE X15 DOZEN||035826089601|
|FOOD LION A LARGE X15 DOZEN||035826089588|
|FOOD LION A 6PK LARGE X 15 DOZEN||035826089632|
|LOOSE A USDA SMALL X 30 DOZEN||N/A|
|LOOSE A USDA MEDIUM X 30 DOZEN||N/A|
|LOOSE A XLARGE X15 DOZEN||N/A|
|LOOSE A XLARGE X30 DOZEN||N/A|
|LOOSE A MEDIUM X 15 DOZEN||N/A|
|LOOSE A MEDIUM X30 DOZEN||N/A|
|LOOSE USDA AA XLARGE X30 DOZEN||N/A|
|LOOSE USDA AA XLARGE X15 DOZEN||N/A|
|LOOSE USDA AA LARGE X30 DOZEN||N/A|
|LOOSE USDA AA LARGE X15 DOZEN||N/A|
|LOOSE USDA AA MEDIUM X30 DOZEN||N/A|
|LOOSE AA XLARGE X30 DOZEN||N/A|
|LOOSE USDA AA LARGE PFG X 30 DOZEN||N/A|
|LOOSE USDA AA LARGE PFG X 15 DOZEN||N/A|
|LOOSE USDA A XLARGE X30 DOZEN||N/A|
|NELMS A JUMBO X24||634181000018|
|WAFFLE HOUSE LOOSE USDA A LARGE X 30 DOZEN||N/A|
|CRYSTAL FARMS A MEDIUM X30||077236000203|
|CRYSTAL FARMS A 18PK MEDIUM X 30||077236000258|
|CRYSTAL FARMS A 2.5 DOZ MEDIUM X 25||077236000124|
|COUNTRY DAYBREAK A XLARGE X15 DOZEN||077236000401|
|COUNTRY DAYBREAK USDA GRADE A XLARGE X 240 DOZEN PULP||077236700400|
|COUNTRY DAYBREAK USDA GRADE A LARGE RACK X 240 DOZEN PULP||077236700301|
|COBURN FARMS A MEDIUM MP X 30 DOZEN||051933182608|
|COBURN FARMS A LARGE X 30 DOZEN||051933190801|
|COBURN FARMS A 18PK LARGE X 30 DOZEN||051933182509|
|SUNSHINE FARMS A JUMBO X 12 DOZEN||804879457336|
|GLENVIEW USDA AA LOOSE LARGE (6-2.5 FLATS) X 15 DOZEN||N/A|
|GLENVIEW USDA AA LOOSE LARGE (12-2.5 FLATS) X 30 DOZEN||N/A|
|GLENVIEW USDA AA LOOSE MEDIUM (6-2.5 FLATS) X 15 DOZEN||N/A|
|GLENVIEW USDA AA LOOSE XLARGE (6-2.5 FLATS) X 15 DOZEN||N/A|
|GLENVIEW USDA AA LOOSE MEDIUM (12-2.5 FLATS) X 30 DOZEN||N/A|
|GLENVIEW USDA AA LOOSE XLARGE (12-2.5 FLATS) X 30 DOZEN||N/A|
|GREAT VALUE GRADE A USDA 18PK XLARGE X 24 DOZEN RPC||078742127132|
|GREAT VALUE GRADE A USDA 12PK XLARGE X 24 DOZEN RPC||078742127128|
|GREAT VALUE GRADE A USDA TWIN 18PK LARGE X 24 DOZEN RPC||078742127101|
|GREAT VALUE GRADE A USDA 6PK LARGE X 15 DOZEN||078742127095|
|GREAT VALUE GRADE A USDA 12PK MEDIUM X 15 DOZEN||078742127224|
|GREAT VALUE GRADE A USDA 12PK LARGE X 24 DOZEN RPC||078742127071|
|GREAT VALUE GRADE A USDA 18PK LARGE X 24 DOZEN RPC||078742127088|
|GREAT VALUE GRADE A 12PK JUMBO X 22 DOZEN RPC||078742127149|
|GREAT VALUE GRADE A USDA 5DZ LARGE X 5 DOZEN||078742127118|