More than 200 million eggs recalled due to possible salmonella contamination

Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Indiana announced it is recalling 206,749,248 eggs sold by major retailers across the country.

More than 200 million eggs under a farm's numerous brand names have been recalled because of fears of salmonella fears, the Food and Drug Administration announced.

The agency learned about a cluster of salmonella outbreaks in multiple states last month, and investigators worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state authorities to trace the source of the illness, the F.D.A. said. They came from Rose Acre Farms, which is the second-biggest egg producer in the U.S. and based in Indiana.

The eggs from the Hyde County farm reached consumers in 10 states, including New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

Salmonella is particularly harmful to the elderly and young children, causing symptoms such as abdominal pain, vomiting, fever and diarrhea.

Consumers are urged to immediately discontinue use of the recalled eggs and to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

At least 22 illnesses have been reported so far, the FDA said Friday. The company voluntarily recalled the eggs after an investigation of illnesses on the East Coast triggered an inspection of the facility.

If you think you may have purchased eggs involved in this recall, check your carton for plant number P-1065 with the date range of 011 through date of 102, the FDA says.

The Hyde County farm produces more than 2.3 million eggs a day from more than 3 million hens.

  • Joey Payne