Nearly 207M Eggs Recalled Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

Twenty-two illnesses have been reported to date, the FDA said

Rose Acre Farms in Indiana has recalled more than 200 million eggs "through an abundance of caution" because of a possible salmonella contamination, the Food and Drug Administration said on its website Friday.

The eggs were distributed from the company's farm in Hyde County, North Carolina, and sold in stores and restaurants in nine states: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. 

Twenty-two illnesses have been reported to date, the FDA said.

Salmonella causes serious and sometimes fatal infections, with symptoms that include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain, according to the FDA.

The recalled eggs have a Julian date range of 011 through 102 printed on either the side portion or the principal side of the carton or package. A full list of lot codes can be found on the FDA's site. A total of 206,749,248 are affected.

The FDA said consumers who have purchased the eggs should immediately stop using them and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. also announced a voluntary egg recall due to potential salmonella contamination, which affects about 23,400 dozen eggs. The affected products are identified as 18-pack Publix Grade A extra large eggs and 18-pack Sunup Grade A large eggs, among others.

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