Millions of eggs have been recalled, many of them sold in popular locations such as Walmart and Waffle House Restaurants.
Rose Acre farms in Seymour, Indiana recalled millions of eggs last week, due to fears they could be contaminated with salmonella. The bacteria is said to be the cause behind 22 recently reported cases of salmonella infections, traced to a farm in North Carolina.
Rose Acre farms is said to be the second largest producer in the United States.
The recalled eggs were sold in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia, under various brands.
These include: Country Daybreak, Food Lion, Loose USDA, Nelms A Jumbo, Waffle House Loose USDA, Crystal Farms, Coburn Farms, Sunshine Farms, Glenview and Great Value. (For a full list posted by the FDA, click here.)
The eggs were labeled with the plant number P-1065, and display packing dates ranging from 011 through 102.
Are eggs currently in stores safe to eat? Authorities are saying yes. If you suspect you have contaminated eggs at home, the FDA is urging consumers to throw them out. Seek a store credit or a full refund for your purchase.
Salmonella poisoning can be mild, and most people who suffer from it recover. This being said, it can also be deadly, and it takes hundreds of lives in the U.S each year.
The infection is most dangerous for people with weakened immune systems including pregnant women, the elderly and young children. It causes fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
In rare circumstances, salmonella can enter your bloodstream and produce more severe illnesses such as arterial infections.