NORTH CAROLINA, U.S. - After a salmonella outbreak was traced to a farm in North Carolina, the company that owns the farm has taken measures to recall over 200 million eggs.
According to the federal Food and Drug Administration, eggs from the affected farm were distributed in nine states, including Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.
Officials also revealed that eggs from the North Carolina farm were sold to restaurants and in supermarkets under multiple brand names, including Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Food Lion, Glenview, Great Value, Nelms and Sunshine Farms.
Further, officials said that eggs emerging from this farm were likely connected to 22 reported cases of salmonella infections.
Last month, the FDA said that it had learnt about a cluster of salmonella outbreaks in multiple states, and investigators worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state authorities to trace the source of the illness.
It is then that they discovered an egg farm in Hyde County, N.C., owned by Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Ind.
Officials confirmed that the affected farm - Rose Acre Farms, which describes itself as the second-largest egg producer in the U.S. - has paused its egg distribution.
In addition, the company has voluntarily recalled over 206 million eggs.
The company issued a statement saying its farm in Hyde County has about three million egg-laying hens, produces about 2.3 million eggs a day and has a United States Department of Agriculture inspector on-site daily.
It noted, “The Hyde County farm has never before experienced a recall or serious safety violation,” adding that the recall “was conducted in full cooperation with the FDA.”
Meanwhile, the FDA has reportedly urged consumers to check their purchases and avoid eating eggs that might be contaminated.