Over 206 million eggs that were delivered to grocery stores and restaurants across nine states were recalled due to being contaminated by bacteria. The United State Food & Drug Administration posted a notice in its official website that said eggs shipped by a farm in North Carolina might be contaminated with the bacteria salmonella.
Salmonella can cause diarrhea, nausea and in some cases, but very rarely, death. The FDA notice said that 22 cases of illness have to date been reported.
Scott Gottlieb the Commissioner of the FDA tweeted over the weekend that consumers that have the eggs should not consume them. He wrote that the eggs should be thrown out or returned to where they had been purchased for a refund or credit.
The FDA notice said that Indian-based Rose Acre Farms had issued a voluntary recall of the eggs due to an abundance of caution. A spokesperson for the company has yet to respond to messages seeking additional comments about the recall.
The eggs could have reached consumers in nine states, of which all but Colorado are on the east coast including Florida, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.
This recall took place after illnesses were reported in the east coast states, and a farm was inspected by the FDA in Hyde County located in eastern North Carolina that produces as many as two million eggs daily. The tests by the FDA, said Gottlieb, connected the eggs that were recalled to people who had fallen ill.
The notice by the FDA said that the affected eggs had been from plant P-1065 and had Julian date ranges from 011 to 102 printed either on the principal side or the side of the package or carton.
Brands that are involved with the recall include Country Daybreak, Coburn Farms, Great Value, Glenview, Food Lion, Sunshine Farms, Nelms, chain of Waffle House restaurants and several other restaurants.
The eggs at Food Lion are the store brand, while Walmart sells the Great Value brand.
The eggs were pulled by Food Lion from store shelves at about 400 locations where they had been available, said Food Lion spokesperson Emma Inman.
Inman added that eggs in stores at this time are safe, and she continued by saying she did not have any information as to whether customers at Food Lion were amongst those that had fallen ill.