A Salmonella outbreak linked to shell eggs produced at Rose Acre Farm and sold under a variety of brand names including Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Crystal Farms, Food Lion, Glenview, Great Value, Nelms, Publix and Sunshine Farms and Sunups has sickened 23 people in nine states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The outbreak has triggered two recalls -including one for more than 200 million eggs, which were sold in grocery stores and to restaurants in states reporting illnesses.
Rose Acre Farm Recalls 206,749,248 Eggs
On April 13, Rose Acre Fram issued a recall of 206,749,248 shell eggs potentially contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup. The eggs were distributed to stores, restaurants and directly to customers in nine states: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Cartons of the recalled eggs, which were sold under a variety of brand names including Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Crystal Farms, Food Lion, Glenview, Great Value, Nelms, and Sunshine Farms, are marked with the plant number P-1065 and Julian dates within the range of 011 through 102. At the time of this recall 22 illnesses had been reported. To see a complete listing of eggs included in this recall, click this link: Rose Acre Farms recall.
On April 16, Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. issued a voluntarily recall of 23,400 dozen eggs, purchased from Rose Acre Farms and re-packaged at the Cal-Maine’s facility in Dade City, Florida. At the time of the recall, no illnesses had been reported. Some of the eggs were sold under the brand names Publix and Sunups. Cartons of the recalled eggs are marked with the plant number of P-1359D, have a Julian date of either 048A or 049A and a best by date of April 2, 2018, or April 3, 2018. To see a complete listing of eggs included in this recall, click this link: Cal-Maine recall.
Salmonella Symptoms and High-Risk Groups
Consumers who have purchased the recalled eggs should not eat them. Anyone who eaten the recalled eggs and developed symptoms of a Salmonella infection including nausea, fever and abdominal cramps, should see a doctor.
“Children are at elevated risk for Salmonella infections,” said Brendan Flaherty, a food poisoning attorney who represents clients who have been sickened by contaminated food. He and Eric Hageman recently secured a $6.5 million landmark settlement for a 5-year-old boy who suffered brain damage from a Salmonella infection he contracted from tainted chicken. Seniors, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems are also at elevated risk for Salmonella infections, Flaherty said.
Rose Acre Farm Shell Egg Salmonella Outbreak
In this outbreak, those sickened, who range in age from 5 to 90 years old, reported onset-of-illness dates ranging from November 16, 2017, to March 22, 2018. Fifty-five percent of case-patients are male, their median age is 65. By state, the case count is as follows: Colorado (1), Florida (2), New Jersey (1), New York (6), North Carolina (4), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (1), Virginia (5), and West Virginia (1). Six people were hospitalized.
Health officials, who identified the genetic “fingerprint” of the outbreak strain of Salmonella Braenderup using genetic testing, learned of a cluster of illnesses on March 5, 2018. They interviewed 17 of the case-patients, 11 of whom reported eating eggs at restaurants in the days before they became ill. FDA investigators traced the source of some of the eggs supplied to those restaurants to a farm operated by Rose Acre Farms in Hyde County, North Carolina farm. Samples they collected there tested positive for the outbreak strain of Salmonella Braenderup identified from samples taken from patients. After Rose Acre learned of the FDA’s finding tying the farm to the outbreak, the company voluntarily issued the recall, the agency stated in its April 16 report about the outbreak. The investigation is ongoing.
If you believe you are part of the Salmonella outbreak linked to shell eggs, you can contact the food poisoning attorneys at Pritzker Hageman for a free, no-obligation consultation
Updated April 17 to include additional recall information.