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US faces largest egg recall for almost a decade

Katie Coyne19/04/2018 - 12:21

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Salmonella fears
Salmonella fears

More than 200 million eggs have been recalled from across the USA over concerns that they may be tainted with Salmonella.

The eggs have been distributed across at least nine states from a North Carolina farm and 23 people have so far fallen ill according to the Food and Drug Administration. Of these, six people have been hospitalised but there have been no deaths.

The eggs were produced on the Rose Acre Farms’ Hyde County Farm and were being sold under multiple brand names.

The FDA reported on 13 April that Rose Acre Farms was recalling the eggs ‘through an abundance of caution’ because of the risk that they could be contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup.

The FDA first heard of a cluster of Salmonella Braenderup on 5 March and it then worked with partners to identify a common food.

FDA spokesperson Peter Cassell said: ‘After learning that all of the people who became ill ate eggs or egg dishes before the onset of illness, the FDA was able to trace back the source of some of the eggs to the Rose Acre Farms’ Hyde County farm.

‘FDA investigators then inspected the farm and collected samples for testing. FDA analysis of the samples revealed that the same rare strain of Salmonella Braenderup that caused the illnesses was present at the Hyde County Egg facility, tying the facility to the outbreak.’

FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb, warned on Twitter: ‘consumers with these eggs shouldn’t eat them. Throw them away or return them to place of purchase for credit or refund.’

He said some of the brands they were being sold under included: Coburn Farms; Country Daybreak; Food Lion; Glenview; Great Value; Nelms; and Sunshine Farms.

The states affected include: Colorado; Florida; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Pennsylvania; South Carolina; Virginia; and West Virginia.

The eggs have been supplied to both retail stores and restaurants.

This may be the largest egg recall since 2010 when almost half a billion eggs were recalled from an Iowa based DeCoster Egg Farms, which was the third biggest egg producer at the time. The firm has now closed after facing legal action.

More than 100 civil lawsuits were filed against DeCoster Egg Farms following the salmonella outbreak.

Salmonella Braenderup causes fever, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting in healthy people exposed and in rare circumstances it can get into the blood stream and cause complications.

In young children, frail and older people, or those with weakened immune systems exposure can cause serious and even fatal illness. Children are the most likely to get salmonella and children under five are the most likely to be diagnosed with it than any other group. 

 

 

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