A multistate outbreak of Salmonella infection tied to eggs continues to grow, triggering an expansion of a recall on eggs originating from Rose Acre Farms.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), contaminated eggs from Rose Acre, which were packaged and sold under a variety of brand names, have sickened at least 35 people, resulting in 11 hospitalizations.
The recalled eggs were distributed to stores and restaurants in nine states: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the original recall on April 13, saying it affected more than 206 million eggs.
The recall prompted Publix to recall 23,400 dozen eggs sold in packages of 18. Although not part of the initial recall, the Publix eggs were provided by Cal-Maine Foods Inc. but sourced from Rose Acre Farms, a family-owned business based in Seymour, Indiana.
The potentially contaminated eggs come from Rose Acre Farms’ Hyde County, North Carolina, facility and were sent to Cal-Maine’s Dade City, Florida location, where they were re-packaged under the Publix brand names. Publix is a Florida-based supermarket chain with hundreds of stores throughout the Southeastern states.
The eggs covered under the Publix recall are Grade A extra-large with UPC code 41415 00966 and package lot codes of P1359D 048A and P1359D 049A, officials said.
Anyone with the affected eggs is advised to return them to a Publix store for a full refund.
According to the CDC, the recalled eggs are potentially contaminated with the Salmonella Braenderup strain of bacteria, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
Healthy individuals infected with Salmonella can experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella Braenderup can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis.