- In the past month, Rose Acre Farms, an Indiana-based egg producer, has recalled more than 206 million eggs in the wake of a salmonella outbreak.
- The eggs have sickened a total of 35 people in nine states, including a 70-year-old diabetic Florida woman who is now seeking damages after contracting food poisoning from the contaminated eggs.
- Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspectors have linked the outbreak to unclean conditions, rodents, unkept production equipment, and poor hygiene at Rose Acre Farm’s North Carolina facility.
- Salmonella is a bacterial infection, most often found in food, that affects a person’s intestinal system. It is not contagious but can create serious health issues that could require long hospital stays, time off work, and in some cases death.
Indiana Egg Farm at Root of Multi-state Salmonella Outbreak
Rose Acre Farms is based in Indiana and has 17 facilities in eight states throughout the Midwest and southern U.S. The farm is currently facing a damaging recall of more than 200 million eggs that have been distributed because of possible salmonella contamination. As of May 10, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have counted 35 people in nine states infected with the outbreak strain of salmonella that was linked back to a Rose Acre Farms egg facility in Hyde County, N.C. The Indy Star reports, “The Food and Drug Administration inspection found a variety of unsanitary conditions at the facility, including rodent activity in the hen houses and improper handling of eggs by employees.”
The CDC says eleven of the 35 known cases resulted in hospitalizations but thankfully, no deaths have been reported. Because it can take two to four weeks after a person is diagnosed for his or her case to be reported, CDC health officials caution that additional cases may still be found.
What You Need to Know About the Recalled Eggs
Diarrhea, fever, and cramps that usually set in between 12 to 72 hours after the person first comes in contact with salmonella, according to the CDC. In most cases, the symptoms and illness can resolve on their own in four days to a week, though in the most severe cases, the infection may spread to blood stream and require antibiotics, and possibly even a hospital stay in more extreme cases.
An elderly Florida woman recently took legal action against Rose Acre Farms after contracting food poisoning from the contaminated eggs. The woman says she experienced symptoms including vomiting, severe diarrhea, and fever, until she could no longer have productive mobility or even get herself out of bed. She was hospitalized twice for a total of seven days and ultimately diagnosed with salmonella poisoning.
So far, cases have occurred in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Caroline, Virginia and West Virginia. The eggs were sold under the brand names:
- Coburn Farms
- Country Daybreak
- Crystal Farms
- Great Value
- Sunshine Farms
Eggs were also sold at Walmart and Food Lion stores and produced by Rose Acre Farms’ Hyde County Farm in North Carolina. They are eggs with the plant number P- 1065, with the Julian date range of 011 through 102 printed on either side of the carton or package. For Publix and Sunups egg cartons, the plant number is P-1359D and the Julian date is 048A or 049A with best by dates of APR 02 and APR 03.
If you believe you have recalled eggs, do not eat them. Instead, thoroughly wash and sanitize your fridge and countertops with bleach. CDC continues to recommend consumers, restaurants, and retailers should not eat, serve, or sell recalled eggs produced by Rose Acre Farms’ Hyde County farm. Throw them away or return them for a refund.
In addition, when consuming eggs, remember they should be cooked until both the yolk and white are firm. Scrambled eggs should not be runny. Always, wash hands and items that came into contact with raw eggs, including countertops, sinks, utensils, all dishes, and cutting boards, with soap and water.
Learn More About Salmonella Outbreaks
Salmonella outbreaks are commonly associated with eggs, meat and poultry, but these bacteria can also contaminate other foods such as fruits and vegetables and unpasteurized milk or juice. To reduce your risk of coming in contact with contaminated food, foodsafety.gov offers these tips:
- Avoid eating high-risk foods, including raw or lightly cooked eggs, undercooked ground beef or poultry, and unpasteurized milk
- Keep food properly refrigerated before cooking.
- Clean hands with soap and warm water before handling food. Clean surfaces before preparing food on them.
- Separate cooked foods from ready-to-eat foods. Do not use utensils on cooked foods that were previously used on raw foods and do not place cooked foods on plates where raw foods once were unless it has been cleaned thoroughly.
- Cook foods to a safe internal temperature. Use a meat thermometer to make sure foods are cooked to a safe temperature.
- Chill foods promptly after serving and when transporting from one place to another.
- Wash your hand after contact with animals, their food or treats, or their living environment.
If you believe you are at risk of a salmonella illness or food poisoning, the CDC says drink plenty of fluids and get rest. If you cannot drink enough fluids to prevent dehydration or if you have other health concerns or symptoms are severe, call your doctor or 911. For some, diarrhea may be so severe that hospitalization is required. As with many other diseases, the young, elderly, and those with compromised immune systems have a higher chance of falling ill.
You Don’t Have to Suffer from the Backlash of Food Related Illnesses
Salmonella can cause serious health ailments. There can be long hospital stays, extended periods of time away from work and family, and it can become difficult for family members to manage the health of their loved one while worrying about finances. If you believe you fell ill because of these recalled eggs, seek medical help and connect with the product liability attorneys at Wagner Reese.
Contact us to schedule your free consultation by completing our online form, and one of our attorneys will review your information and respond promptly. If you wish to speak with us today, please call 1-888-710-9377.