200 million eggs recalled due to possible salmonella contamination

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An Indiana-based farm is voluntarily recalling more than 200 million eggs for fear that they may have been contaminated by salmonella bacteria.

The eggs were distributed from a farm in Hyde County.

They and their company, Quality Egg LLC, ended up paying $7 million in fines and both DeCosters served three months in federal prison.

According to the FDA, 22 illnesses have been reported in connection with the eggs to date. Healthy individuals can experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

Among the brands, stores and restaurants listed in the recall, were Great Value, Food Lion and Waffle House.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled eggs are told to return them to the place they bought them for a full refund. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment. The disease can be life-threatening if the infection spreads beyond the intestines.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. It is estimated that approximately 400 persons die each year with acute salmonellosis.

The recall involves eggs with the plant number P-105, with the Julian date range of 011 through 012 printed on either side of the carton or package.

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