More illnesses confirmed in Rose Acre Farms Salmonella recall

Six in Pennsylvania sick from shell egg salmonella outbreak

Six in Pennsylvania sick from shell egg salmonella outbreak

The egg recall is the largest in the United States since 2010, when 500 million eggs from an Iowa producer were recalled, and almost 2,000 illnesses caused by salmonella were reported.

Nine states have reported illnesses: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and SC. Eleven people have been hospitalized for complications related to the infections, the CDC said, but no deaths have been reported. In response, the farm has recalled over 207 million eggs, some of which were distributed to restaurants or were sold at major grocery stores such as Walmart, Target, Publix, and Food Lion.

The outbreak has been linked to eggs distributed by Rose Acre Farms, a family-owned business based in IN that describes itself as the second-largest egg producer in the U.S.

Rose Acre Farms voluntarily recalled more than 200,000 shell eggs on April 13 due to possible contamination with the bacteria.

Both the CDC and the FDA are also advising consumers to cook eggs fully, and to carefully wash any surfaces or tools that come into contact with raw eggs. Most people make successful recoveries without any need for treatment, but there are some cases where severe diarrhea may require hospitalization.

Egg cartons with the following numbers were impacted: P-1065 (the plant number) and numbers between 011 and 102. For Publix and Sunups egg cartons, people should check their cartoons for plant number P-1359D and Julian date 048A or 049A with best By dates of April 2 and April 3.

The Seymour-based company describes the contamination as "an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems".

Consumers who have purchased the eggs are urged to immediately discontinue use of the recalled eggs and to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. The eggs were delivered to multiple supermarket chains and even directly to some restaurants. NY and Virginia have reported the highest number of cases, with eight each.

In 2010, a salmonella outbreak sickened hundreds and led to the recall of half a billion eggs.

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