SEYMOUR, Ind. — Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Ind., has recalled 206,749,248 eggs because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup.
The recall followed after at least 22 illnesses on the East Coast were traced back to its egg production farm in Hyde County, N.C., which produces 2.3 million eggs a day from 3 million laying hens.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is involved in an investigation that has included an inspection of the facility and interviews of the victims.
The potentially contaminated eggs from the Hyde County farm reached consumers in 10 states including Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia by direct delivery to retail stores and restaurants.
Salmonella Braenderup is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
Healthy individuals infected with Salmonella Braenderup can experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella Braenderup can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
The Rose Acre Farms affected eggs are from plant number P-1065 with the Julian date range of 011 through the date of 102 printed on either the side portion or the principal side of the carton or package.
The eggs were sold under multiple brand names including of Country Daybreak, Food Lion, Nelms, Crystal Farms, Coburn Farms, Sunshine Farms, Glenview and Great Value.
More information can be obrtained at www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm604640.htm.