A company has recalled more than 200 million eggs after an outbreak of salmonella was traced to one of its farms in North Carolina. The eggs have been sold in various stores, including Food Lion and Walmart.
A notice posted on the Food & Drug Administration website Friday says the eggs shipped to restaurants and grocery stores in nine states may be tainted with salmonella.
They reached consumers in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.
The illnesses were reported in states on the U.S. East Coast, leading the FDA to conduct extensive interviews.
According to the FDA, 22 illnesses have been reported so far. Numerous eggs were sold in Food Lions stores.
In 2010, more than 550 million table eggs were called from two Iowa egg farms owned by Austin "Jack" DeCoster. "The facility includes 3 million laying hens with a USDA inspector on-site daily", the company said. Healthy individuals can experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
They have the plant number P-1065 with the date range of 011 through 102 on the carton. Consumers who have purchased the recalled eggs should immediately discontinue use of eggs and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
"The Hyde County farm has never before experienced a recall or serious safety violation", Rose Acre Farms said in an email.