A Salmonella outbreak linked to a massive egg recall expanded last week when 12 more people reported contracting the foodborne illness after eating the popular breakfast food item. Eggs from Rose Acre Farms were sold under various brand names such as Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Food Lion, Glenview, Great Value, Nelms, Publix, Sunshine Farms, and Sunups.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday those infected with salmonella had reported feeling ill between November 16, 2017 and April 14. The possibly tainted eggs were distributed from the farm between January 11 and April 12.
"We're disheartened by the additional reported illnesses in recent days and we apologize to anyone who may have been sickened or who has a family member or friend who may have taken ill because of any of our eggs", Gene Grabowski, a representative for Rose Acre Farms, told The Daily Meal. No deaths have been reported, according to the CDC.
The update also explains that more cases could be on the way. Eleven people have been hospitalized due to the outbreak.
Nine states have reported illnesses: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and SC.
No one should eat, serve, or sell recalled eggs; any eggs affected by the recall should be thrown away or returned for a full refund. "This takes an average of two to four weeks", the CDC said in a statement. You can find more information about the egg recall through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Salmonella causes serious and sometimes fatal infections, especially in young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.
The recall involves eggs with the plant number P-1065, with the Julian date range of 011 through 102 printed on either side of the carton or package.
The report said inspectors spent March 26 to April 11 at the Rose Acre Farms egg operation in Pantego, N.C. and found "unacceptable rodent activity" and dirty equipment.
Rose Acre Farms says that it is the second largest egg producer in the United States.