Over 200 million eggs have been recalled after an investigation conducted by the Food and Drug Administration revealed that Rose Acre Farms was tied to 22 reported cases of salmonella infections. One of the company’s facilities located in Hyde County, North Carolina is responsible for producing eggs that get distributed to stores and restaurants in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, North and South Carolina. They are shipped under a number of brand names such as Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Food Lion, Great Value, Glenview, Nelms and Sunshine Farms.
The FDA was made aware of the outbreak in cases of salmonella last month. The agency worked alongside state authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to pinpoint where the illness originated. The egg cartons affected by the recall are most likely labeled with the plant number P-1065, with packing dates ranging from 011 through 102, according to the New York Times. That means that the recall impacts eggs packed from January 11 through April 12.
Rose Acre Farms responded to the discovery by voluntarily going through with the recall, and halting production of eggs. "The Hyde County farm has never before experienced a recall or serious safety violation,” the company said in response to the recall, adding that everything "was conducted in full cooperation with the FDA."
This recall is the largest since 2010 when a salmonella outbreak was linked to an Iowa egg farm that infected more than 1,500 people.