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Salmonella outbreak infects 35 people in nine US states

FBR Staff Writer Published 14 May 2018

A salmonella outbreak in the US caused by consumption of contaminated eggs linked to Indiana-based Rose Acre Farms has been reported to have infected at least 35 people.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the count has increased by 12 since more than 200 million shell eggs were recalled by Rose Acre Farms last month.

The recalled eggs were produced in the company’s poultry farms in Hyde County, North Carolina over possible contamination with Salmonella Braenderup.

CDC said that 11 people are being treated in hospitals for complications associated with infections linked to the bacteria. No casualties have been reported by the organization so far.

While New York and Virginia have recorded eight cases each of the infection, other states where the illness has been reported are Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

According to CDC, epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback evidence point to Rose Acre Farms as the likely source of the Salmonella outbreak across multiple states.

The recalled shell eggs were sold under various brand names such as Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Publix, Food Lion, Glenview, Sunshine Farms, Great Value, Nelms and Sunups, said CDC.

The department, in a statement, said: “CDC continues to recommend consumers, restaurants, and retailers should not eat, serve, or sell recalled eggs produced by Rose Acre Farms’ Hyde County farm. Throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for a refund.”

CDC notified on its website that the recalled eggs carry the numbers P-1065, which is the plant number and another set of numbers between 011 and 102, or, for Publix and Sunups egg cartons, plant number P-1359D and Julian date 048A or 049A with Best By dates of APR 02 and APR 03.

The department said that investigation is going on regarding the Salmonella outbreak while urging the public to handle and cook eggs safely to remove the risk of foodborne illness from raw eggs.

Image: One of the recalled shell egg products from Rose Acre Farms. Photo: courtesy of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.