Eggs recalled due to salmonella

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An Indiana-based farm is voluntarily recalling 206,749,248 eggs over fears of a potential Salmonella Braenderup contamination, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a notice about the recall Friday, warning consumers that 22 illnesses have been reported in states along the east coast of the USA because of the eggs.

Alternatively, bacteria in the hen's ovary or oviduct can get to the egg before the shell forms around it, according to the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Consumers who purchased the recalled eggs are urged to stop using the eggs and to return them for a full refund. The plant number is P-105, with the Julian date range of 011 through 012 printed on either side of the carton or package. "In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella Braenderup can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis", the FDA says. It's the biggest USA egg recall since 2010.

Affected eggs were sold under multiple brand names, including Country Daybreak, Coburn Farms, Crystal Farms, Sunshine Farms, and Glenview.

Salmonella is particularly harmful to the elderly and young children, causing symptoms such as abdominal pain, vomiting, fever and diarrhea. The eggs were also distributed to several restaurant chains.

The recall came about after the illnesses were reported and the FDA inspected the North Carolina farm.

The recall was voluntary on Rose Acre Farms' part.

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