A recall of 207 million eggs was announced Friday over fears the popular breakfast food may be contaminated with salmonella.
The eggs were produced at Rose Acre Farms in Hyde County and reached consumers in several states including North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey and NY.
Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Indiana, recalled 205,749, 248 eggs possible contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup, which can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and other ailments, including death.
The eggs were distributed from the farm in Hyde County, N.C., and reached consumers in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia through retail stores and restaurants.
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The illnesses were reported in states on the U.S. East Coast, leading the FDA to conduct extensive interviews. The bacteria can also cause arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis in rare occasions.
"Consumers with these eggs shouldn't eat them", FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb tweeted. The eggs have been sold in various stores, including Food Lion and Walmart.
Anybody with recalled eggs should return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund.
In 2010, a salmonella outbreak sickened hundreds and led to the recall of half a billion eggs. It can be fatal in small children, elderly people and those with weakened immune systems. At least 22 people were hospitalized.