Last month The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that dozens of people fell sick from a salmonella outbreak resulting in a recall of more than 200 million eggs. States on the East Coast were mainly affected from the outbreak like Florida, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, but Colorado was also hit with the outbreak. Reportedly, one person in Colorado fell ill from eating contaminated eggs.
The eggs originated from Rose Acre Farms, the second largest egg producer in the United States. The nearly 200 million recalled eggs came from a farm in Hyde County, North Carolina, but they were sold under a handful of brand names like Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Food Lion, Glenview, Great Value, Nelms and Sunshine Farms. According to the Food and Drug Administration, the recalled eggs came from plant number P-1065, and have a date range from 011 through 102 on the packaging.
Rose Acres Farms released a statement to the Washington Post, and said it is “disheartened” by the illnesses caused by their eggs.
“We apologize to anyone who may have been sickened or who has a family member or friend who may have taken ill because of our eggs,” Rose Acres Farms said. “Meanwhile, we have already implemented numerous remedial actions and have not only corrected deficiencies at the farm, but we’ve also taken other steps to ensure the farm meets or exceeds the standards by the FDA and USDA.”
Salmonella can be dangerous, especially for children, the elderly, and anyone who may have a weak immune system. Signs of the sickness can be anything from fever, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting to extreme abdominal pain.
The last time an egg recall was this impactful was in 2010 when two farms in Iowa recalled around 550 million eggs that contained salmonella, according to Food Safety News.
Eggs aren’t the only food that have recently been recalled. JBS USA, a North Carolina food processing company, recalled over 35,000 pounds of ground beef earlier this month, out of fear that their beef might contain pieces of hard plastic. The company supplies its product to Kroger, which can be found in grocery stores like King Soopers.
The company suspected that its beef could be contaminated when a costumer said that it had blue pieces of plastic in it, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
“(Food Safety and Inspection Service) is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase,” The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said in the statement.
The potentially contaminated beef was packaged under labels like Kroger Ground Beef, Kroger Ground Sirloin, Private Selection Angus Beef and All Natural Laura’s Lean Beef. The product was sent to distribution centers in Indiana and Virginia after it was produced.
The United States Department of Agriculture rated the recall as a Class II, which means that there is a small chance of health consequences from eating the beef.
The United States Department of Agriculture also reported that there have not been any confirmed reports of related illnesses.
To learn more about recalled food you can visit www.foodsafety.org. The website keeps track of recalled products from the United States Food and Drug Administration and the United States Department of Agriculture. Also, you can report any problems on the website.