Salmonella Threat Causes Massive USA Egg Recall
Generally, when a threat of a salmonella outbreak rears its ugly head, it is regarded as something that can have a few mild repercussions. Recently, however, one enormous recall has ensured that eggs benedict won’t be the breakfast of choice any time soon. Not for the breakfast plates in the state of North Carolina, anyway. And for those consumers buying eggs in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia, it is important to make sure you know exactly where your egg carton comes from.
Last week on the 9th of April, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA released an announcement setting into motion a voluntary recall of more than 200 million eggs by the Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Indiana. This was on the heels of concerns that their eggs could potentially be infected by Salmonella Branderup, and a report of 22 cases of illness linked to this bacteria. These cases all originated from the East Coast. According to Business News, the first of these infections were reported in the beginning of March. Last week a lab confirmed that a sample from the Hyde Country farm matched a strain that was fueling the disease.
Rose Acre Farms responded by saying that the Hyde Country farm has “never before experienced a recall or serious safety violation. The recall as conducted in full co-operation with the FDA and we look forward to getting the Hyde County farm back in operation as soon as possible.”
According to the FDA, this volatile bacteria can cause “serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.” If you are in good health and you have been infected with this organism, you stand a chance of experiencing fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
On Sunday, FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb warned consumers not to eat recalled eggs sold under multiple brand names in the above-mentioned 9 states. Instead, consumers are to throw them away or to return them. Although this is rare, in more serious cases, Salmonella Braenderup could lead to arthritis, endocartitis and arterial infections.
According to Food Safety News, this is the largest egg recall in the last eight years. The last major one occurred in 2010, leading to a nationwide Salmonella Braenderup outbreak, which made thousands of people sick. Click here to find out more.
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