The eggs were sold under several brands including Country Daybreak, Food Lion and Crystal Farms.
Understandably, the news about potentially contaminated eggs causing the largest egg recall since 2010 has people anxious, and many are wondering how Salmonella even gets into eggs at their local grocery stores in the first place. The recall includes eggs sent to both stores and restaurants, with 22 consumers reporting illness thus far.
"Through an abundance of caution, Cal-Maine Foods, Inc.is voluntarily recalling one load, or 23,400 dozen eggs, purchased from Rose Acre Farms and re-packaged at the Cal-Maine Foods, Inc.'s Dade City, Florida, location". The affected Rose Acre Farms recalled eggs are identified with plant number P-1065 and Julian date ranges of 011 through date of 102 printed on either the side portion or the principal side of the carton or package.
The New York Times noted at the time of the 2010 egg recall that Salmonella enteritidis in chicken eggs first appeared in the 1970s and 80s, although the "why?" and "how?" aren't exactly clear. In each case, the patient had eaten eggs or egg dishes and FDA officials were able to trace the source of some of the eggs to Rose Acre Farms' property in Hyde County, North Carolina.
Healthy individuals infected with Salmonella Braenderup can experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. For kids, the elderly, and anyone with weak immune systems, salmonella can lead to serious infections that may even become fatal. The bacteria can also cause arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis on rare occasions. The vast majority of the cases are caused by contaminated foods.
Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News.