Salmonella Outbreak Sickens More People Following Multi-State Egg Recall

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A salmonella outbreak that led to the recall of 207 million eggs has worsened - with 35 people reported ill in several states, federal health officials said.

One person from Colorado is among 47 people infected with a strain of salmonella in an outbreak that continues to grow, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "This takes an average of two to four weeks", the CDC said in a statement.

There are differences in the Publix and Sunups egg cartons, which feature the P-1359D plant number and the Julian dates of 048A or 049A, with best dates of April 2 and April 3. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) investigators inspected the Hyde County, N.C., farm and collected samples for testing.

In grocery stores, the eggs were sold under the following brands: Country Daybreak; Crystal Farms; Coburn Farms; Sunshine Farms; Glenview; Great Value (Walmart's store brand), and Food Lion's store brand.

Due to epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback evidence from the CDC, the source of the salmonella was identified to be white-shell eggs produced by Indiana-based farm Rose Acre Farms, though the investigation is ongoing.

Salmonella can cause serious and even deadly infections in children or elderly adults. Of the 35 people affected to date, 11 have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.

Consumers who have purchased shells eggs are urged to immediately discontinue use of the recalled eggs and to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. "Rose Acre Farms takes food safety and the welfare of our hens, workers, and consumers very seriously".

Egg cartons with the following numbers were impacted: P-1065 (the plant number) and numbers between 011 and 102. "This percentage is significantly higher than results from a survey of healthy people in which (38 percent) of respondents reported eating any eggs away from home in the week before they were interviewed". This means from January 11 to April 12.

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