Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

More than 200 million eggs recalled for salmonella concerns

More than 200 million eggs recalled for salmonella concerns

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on Friday that an Indiana-based farm has recalled more than 200 million eggs after it connected them to 22 cases of "Salmonella Braenderup infections".

About 207 million eggs supplied by a North Carolina farm are being recalled after more than 20 consumers became ill from suspected salmonella poisoning. Eggs produced at the farm are distributed to retail stores and restaurants in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the Carolinas.

Salmonella can cause serious and even deadly infections in children or elderly adults.

The FDA says anyone who purchased the eggs should discard them or return them to where they were purchased for a refund.

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. It occurs when a hen's ovary or oviduct are infected with the salmonella.

Salmonella can be present in either the yolk or white of an egg.

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Infection with the salmonella bacteria often leads to diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.

Last month, the FDA said that it had learnt about a cluster of salmonella outbreaks in multiple states, and investigators worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state authorities to trace the source of the illness.

How does salmonella get into eggs?

It does not have a suspect smell or taste, so there's no way for consumers to tell if a particular egg is contaminated. Great Value is Walmart's store brand. Eggs or foods made with eggs kept warm or at room temperature for over two hours should be discarded, one hour if the temperature is 90 degrees F or higher. According to the USDA, raw beef, pork, lamb, and veal should be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit, and ground meat should be cooked to 160 degrees.

Always wash your hands after handling egg products.

Did you buy eggs affected by this recall?

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