Salmonella traced in farm, over 200 million eggs recalled

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

The affected eggs are from plant number P-1065 and have the Julian date range of 011 through date of 102 printed on the package. "FDA investigators then inspected the farm and collected samples for testing".

So far, 22 illnesses have been reported from the eggs coming from the North Carolina farm that produces 2.3 million eggs a day. It's the largest egg recall in the US since 2010.

The agency advised the public to throw away the eggs or return them to the place of purchase for credit or refund.

Over 200 million eggs are part of the voluntary recall because they might be contaminated with salmonella.

The eggs come from Rose Acre Farms, located in Seymour.

The eggs, produced by Rose Acre Farms' Hyde County farm, are sold under brands including Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Food Lion, Glenview, Great Value, Nelms, Sunshine Farms, FDA Commissioner Scott Gotlieb said on Twitter.

Officials confirmed that the affected farm - Rose Acre Farms, which describes itself as the second-largest egg producer in the USA - has paused its egg distribution.

The disease usually lasts between 4 and 7 days and in most cases does not require any treatment.

Children below 5 years old, older adults, and individuals with a weakened immune system are more likely to experience severe illness from Salmonella infection.

Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause cramps, fever, diarrhea and other symptoms. It is generally contracted from contaminated poultry, meat, eggs and water, and affects the intestinal tract.

The service said it is also possible for eggs to become infected by Salmonella Enteritidis fecal contamination through the pores of the shells after they're laid.