More than 200 million eggs recalled for salmonella concerns

Salmonella molecules

Salmonella molecules

The eggs reached consumers in Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New Jersey, Virginia, Colorado, South Carolina, and West Virginia.

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, especially in young children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. The recall includes eggs sent to both stores and restaurants, with 22 consumers reporting illness thus far.

The recall was issued through an "abundance of caution" due to reported illnesses in the East Coast. The Julian date - or lot codes - have a range of 011 through date of 102 printed on either the side portion or the principal side of the carton or package.

The eggs were sold through retail stores and restaurants. "FDA investigators then inspected the farm and collected samples for testing".

A notice posted on the Food & Drug Administration website Friday said the eggs shipped from a North Carolina farm may be tainted with salmonella. It's the largest egg recall in the USA since 2010. "Throw them away or return them to place of purchase for credit or refund".

"Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other body sites and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics", the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised.

The eggs were packaged and sold under several brand names including, but not limited to, Country Daybreak, Food Lion, Sunshine Farms, Crystal Farms, and Great Value. The most frequent symptoms are diarrhea, fever, and severe abdominal cramps. It is generally contracted from contaminated poultry, meat, eggs and water, and affects the intestinal tract. After a couple of weeks, the FDA says it, and the CDC and state agencies were able to identify the source of the eggs connected to the outbreak.

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