More than 200 Million Eggs Recalled over Potential Salmonella Contamination

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Rose Acre Farms voluntarily recalled 206,749,248 eggs for potential of contamination with Salmonella Braenderup, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.

About 207 million eggs supplied by a North Carolina farm are being recalled after more than 20 consumers became ill from suspected salmonella poisoning. According to the FDA, the eggs were distributed from the farm in Hyde County, North Carolina, and reached consumers through retail stores and restaurants via direct delivery. They are shipped under a number of brand names such as Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Food Lion, Great Value, Glenview, Nelms and Sunshine Farms.

Infants, older adults, and people with a weakened immune system are at an increased risk of serious complications from salmonella infection.

There's a massive recall of 200 million eggs over fears of salmonella. At least 22 illnesses in the East Coast linked to the eggs have been reported so far. The bacteria, explains University of Minnesota Extension, is present "before the shell forms around the yolk and white".

"Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection", the FDA reports. The illness can last 4 to 7 days. Hens that are infected with salmonella do not get sick, so there's no way to tell if a chicken is infected.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalisations and 450 deaths every year in the United States. Most recover without treatment aside from rest and rehydration, though it can take several months for bowel movements to normalize. Some of the eggs brands involved in the recall were distributed at Food Lion stores, Walmart Inc. and Waffle House restaurants, the AP reported. Poultry, eggs, meat and dairy products are common culprits.

Did you buy eggs affected by this recall?

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