The eggs were distrubuted to stores and restaurants in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. The US Food & Drug Administration has a full list here (including the lot codes printed on the side of the packaging to see if a specific carton of eggs is affected).
A recall of 206,749,248 eggs has occurred in the US, following 22 reports of illness linked to salmonella contamination.
The following brands are among those selling the affected eggs:
- Coburn Farms
- Country Daybreak
- Crystal Farms
- Food Lion
- Great Value
- Sunshine Farms
The recall is the largest of shell eggs in the US since 2010, according to Food Safety News. They came from Rose Acre Farms, which is the second-biggest egg producer in the US and based in Indiana. The family-owned company’s Hyde County, North Carolina farm, where the affected eggs came from, produces 2.3 million eggs every day from 3 million hens.
Salmonella infections are particularly dangerous to the young and elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals can experience nausea, vomiting, fever, diarrhea, and stomach pain.
About 1 million people in the US get sick from salmonella every year, with about 19,000 people hospitalized and 380 deaths, according to the US government. Most people affected get better within a week without any treatment needed.