The number of people sickened by Gravel Ridge Farm eggs contaminated with Salmonella has increased to 44, but the outbreak appears over, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced.
On Sept. 5, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industry inspected Gravel Ridge Farms in Cullman, Alabama, after receiving information to suggest eggs from the farm were the source of reported cases of Salmonella infections. Investigators found that environment and egg samples taken from the farm were genetically related to isolates from people who had become ill.
Twenty-six of 32 people interviewed reported eating dishes at restaurants made with eggs. The restaurants reported using eggs from Gravel Ridge Farms.
As a result of the outbreak, Gravel Ridge Farms recalled cage-free, large eggs and removed them from grocery store shelves, restaurants and other retail outlets. The recall involves both single dozen and 2.5 dozen flats with the UPC 7-06970-38444-6 and the use-by dates of 7/25/18 through 10/3/18. The eggs were sold primarily in restaurants and retail stores in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.
Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, as well as people with compromised immune systems. Healthy people who become infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare cases, Salmonella infections can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (like infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis.
Customers who have purchased these eggs can return them to the store where they were purchased for a refund, or discard them immediately.
FDA Outbreak Update