Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Health Care | By Alice Shelton

Florida impacted by salmonella outbreak traced to eggs sold at Publix, Walmart

Florida impacted by salmonella outbreak traced to eggs sold at Publix, Walmart

The salmonella outbreak has been linked to eggs distributed by Rose Acre Farms, a family-owned company based in IN that claims itself to be the second-largest egg producer in the United States.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 35 illnesses have been reported so far. Eleven people have been hospitalized for complications related to the infections, the CDC said, but no deaths have been reported.

Most of the illnesses were reported in eight states along the East Coast; New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida reported cases.

At least 35 people have been reported falling ill from salmonella in nine states, leading to a multi-state recall of over 200 million eggs.

Rose Acre Farms announced the voluntary recall of 206,749,248 eggs that were sold under several brands and distributed to retail stories and restaurants.

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Recalled eggs were sold in grocery stores and to restaurants under multiple brand names, including Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Crystal Farms, Food Lion, Glenview, Great Value, Nelms, Publix, Sunshine Farms, and Sunups.

Egg cartons with the following numbers were impacted: P-1065 (the plant number) and numbers between 011 and 102. In 1990, three separate outbreaks that sickened about 450 people in three states were traced back to Rose Acre Farms.

According to the Post, Rose Acre Farms has come under scrutiny in the past for salmonella contamination. Days later, Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. issued its own recall for 23,400 dozen eggs that it bought from the farm. In response, the government prohibited the company from selling eggs from three IN farms where the contaminated eggs originated and required expensive cleanups that threatened to put the company out of business.

People with salmonella may develop symptoms such as fever, diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain. The outbreak spread to almost 40 states and sickened 132 people.

There is aditional information on the recall on the FDA website and the CDC website.

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