Thirty-five people have been sickened by a salmonella outbreak linked to the recall of almost 207 million eggs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in an update this week.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday that the number of illnesses had risen to 35 - an increase of 12 cases since the initial egg recall notice.
Nine states have reported illnesses: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and SC. NY and Virginia have clocked the most number of cases, tallying eight each.
Last month, more than 200 million eggs from the North Carolina farm were recalled because of bacterial contamination.
Due to epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback evidence from the CDC, the source of the salmonella was identified to be white-shell eggs produced by Indiana-based farm Rose Acre Farms, though the investigation is ongoing.
Brands affected include Country Daybreak, Coburn Farms, Crystal Farms, Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., Sunshine Farms and Glenview, with some eggs sold at Walmart, Publix and Food Lion stores. For Publix and Sunups egg cartons, people should check their cartoons for plant number P-1359D and Julian date 048A or 049A with best By dates of April 2 and April 3.
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Rose Acre Farms sued, and a few years later a federal judge ruled that the government had overstepped its boundaries and had to compensate the company for income lost as a result of regulations. Nine states have reported infected people.
"Which eggs have Salmonella and which ones don't?" said Food Safety Guy Lars Johnson.
Anyone who has had any of the recalled eggs in their homes or restaurants should take intervention action even if no one is known to have become sick after eating them.
"We're disheartened by the additional reported illnesses in recent days and we apologize to anyone who may have been sickened or who has a family member or friend who may have taken ill because of any of our eggs", Gene Grabowski, a representative for Rose Acre Farms, told The Daily Meal. Another 22 people said they ate shelled eggs before contracting salmonella, the CDC reported.
Salmonella is a bacterial infection that causes symptoms such as a diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.
There is aditional information on the recall on the FDA website and the CDC website.