200 mil­lion eggs re­called be­cause of sal­mo­nella con­cerns

Vir­ginia is one of 9 states where eggs were shipped

The Progress-Index - - OBITUARIES - By Jonathan Drew

RALEIGH, N.C. — More than 200 mil­lion eggs dis­trib­uted to restau­rants and grocery stores in nine states have been re­called be­cause of bac­te­rial con­tam­i­na­tion.

A no­tice posted on the Food & Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion web­site Fri­day said the eggs shipped from a North Carolina farm may be tainted with sal­mo­nella. The bac­te­ria can cause nau­sea, di­ar­rhea and, in rare cases , death. Twenty-two ill­nesses have been re­ported.

“Con­sumers with these eggs shouldn’t eat them,” FDA Com­mis­sioner Scott Got­tlieb said on Twit­ter. “Throw them away or re­turn them to place of pur­chase for credit or re­fund.”

The no­tice said In­di­an­abased Rose Acre Farms was vol­un­tar­ily re­call­ing the eggs “through an abun­dance of cau­tion.” A com­pany spokesman didn’t im­me­di­ately re­spond to a mes­sage seek­ing fur­ther com­ment Sun­day.

The eggs reached con­sumers in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Penn­syl­va­nia, South Carolina, Vir­ginia, and West Vir­ginia, ac­cord­ing to the no­tice.The re­call came about af­ter the ill­nesses were re­ported in states along the East Coast, and the FDA in­spected the farm in east­ern North Carolina’s Hyde County that pro­duces about 2 mil­lion eggs per day. Got­tlieb said the agency’s test­ing con­nected the re­called eggs to the peo­ple who got sick.

The no­tice lists va­ri­eties of a Food Lion store brand as well as some car­tons avail­able as the Great Value brand, which is sold at Wal­mart. The re­call also lists eggs that were dis­trib­uted to the Waf­fle House restau­rant chain.

Food Lion has pulled the re­called eggs from shelves of the ap­prox­i­mately 400 stores where they were avail­able, said spokes­woman Emma In­man.

“The eggs that are in the stores today are safe,” she said by phone. She said she didn’t have in­for­ma­tion on whether Food Lion cus­tomers were among those who got sick.

Com­pany of­fi­cials at Wal­mart and Waf­fle House didn’t im­me­di­ately re­spond to mes­sages Sun­day seek­ing com­ment.

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