Eggs sold at several grocery stores, including Publix subject of recall

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The number of reported illnesses linked to an IN egg producer's voluntarily recall of more than 206 million eggs over possible salmonella contamination has climbed to 35.

The CDC is continuing to urge consumers, restaurants and retailers not to eat, serve, or sell recalled eggs produced by Rose Acre Farms' farm in Hyde County, North Carolina.

Rose Acre has come under scrutiny before after three separate outbreaks that left about 450 people sick in three states were traced back to the farm in 1990.

Almost 50 people have been sickened by the contaminated eggs.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service stated that, if not washed and sanitized properly, salmonella can latch onto the outside of the egg's shell because the egg exits the hen's body through the same passageway as feces is excreted.

Among the 35 cases are 11 hospitalizations.

The grocery stores are located in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Virginia, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. The egg business is so interconnected that in mid-April, Cal-Maine was forced to issue its own recall for 280,800 eggs because they'd been "purchased from Rose Acre Farms and re-packaged" as Cal-Maine's. FDA analysis of the samples revealed that the same rare strain of Salmonella Braenderup that caused the illnesses was present at the Hyde County Egg facility, tying the facility to the outbreak. 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. These eggs were repackaged and sold under multiple brand names, including Publix and Sunups.

"State and local health officials continue to interview ill people to ask about the foods they ate and other exposures they had before they became ill. Sixteen reported eating various egg dishes at different restaurants", said the DCD statement. Consumers can check the Food and Drug Administration's website for a full list of recalled brands.

Knowing whether to toss out your eggs is unfortunately far less simple than checking the fridge for a box labeled "Rose Acre Farms".

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