Twelve more people from five states have become ill since Rose Acre Farms recalled 200 million eggs in April for salmonella potential.
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With the newly released information in mind, the CDC advised consumers, restaurants, and retailers respectively not to eat, serve, or sell the eggs involved in the recall. Some of the eggs were also sold at Food Lion stores under the store's brand and some were sold at Walmart under the Great Value brand. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) investigators inspected the Hyde County, N.C., farm and collected samples for testing. Initially, 22 people were sickened. No deaths have been reported, according to the CDC. At times, infections could be fatal, especially in young children or elderly people. It can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps in sickened individuals; for older adults, infants and people with weakened immune systems, salmonella can cause more serious, even life-threatening, complications.
The outbreak has been linked to eggs distributed by Rose Acre Farms, a family-owned business based in IN that describes itself as the second-largest egg producer in the U.S.
Salmonella can contaminate the breakfast food product when infected chickens transfer the foodborne bacteria to the eggs before the shells are formed, the Centers for Disease Control reported.