Thank god for eggs, right? They’re cheap and healthyish and so easy to make that even I, a two-toed sloth with no kitchen expertise whatsoever, can successfully cook them in at least three different styles. But now there’s a big, fat egg recall thanks to a huge salmonella outbreak that has left 35 people in nine states sick. What did we do to deserve this? Oh yeah.
The outbreak has been traced back to a farm in Hyde County, North Carolina, which just so happens to be part of the second-largest supplier of eggs in the country. In April, the company, Rose Acre Farms, issued a recall of more than 206 million eggs, making this the largest salmonella-related egg recall since 2010.
The 35 to get sick were from New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Colorado, New Jersey, and West Virginia. Of them, 11 people were hospitalized with symptoms that included diarrhea, fever, vomiting, and cramps, which settled in around 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated eggs, Buzzfeed reports. Most people recover after about a week (a week!), but potentially fatal complications can develop.
The eggs were sold under the brand names Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Crystal Farms, Food Lion, Glenview, Great Value, Nelms, Publix, Sunshine Farms, and Sunups, among others. Do you have eggs in your refrigerator? If so, check for the following numbers: P-1065 (the plant number), another set of numbers between 011 and 102 (the Julian date). For Publix and Sunups egg cartons, the plant number is P-1359D, with Julian date 048A or 049A, with Best By dates of APR 02 and APR 03.
When you narrowly avoid several days of severe intestinal trouble, you may thank both me and this incredibly slow news day. You’re welcome.