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Six in Pennsylvania sick from shell egg salmonella outbreak

13 May 2018

Brands affected include Country Daybreak, Coburn Farms, Sunshine Farms, Great Value and Glenview.

"... consumers, restaurants, and retailers should not eat, serve, or sell recalled eggs produced by Rose Acre Farms' Hyde County farm".

The affected eggs came from one of the company's farms, located in Hyde County, North Carolina. This brought the number of people sickened by the salmonella outbreak to 35 across nine states. In 1990, the egg producer was linked to three separate salmonella outbreaks that sickened hundreds of people, the paper reported. The Food and Drug Administration has a list of all of the recalled brands on its outbreak investigation page.

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. Out of the 25 sickened individuals who provided complete details, 22 people, or 88 percent, said that they fell ill after eating shell eggs.

The CDC's salmonella fact sheet states that the bacteria is responsible for about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths each year in the US, with over 80 percent of the illnesses traced to tainted food. These eggs were sold under multiple brand names at numerous retailers, both in the USA and overseas.

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The father and son were sentenced to three months in jail and fined $7 million. It can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain among healthy people, but can lead to fatal infections among children younger than 5, adults older than 65 and those with weak immune systems. It is generally contracted from contaminated poultry, meat, eggs and water, and affects the intestinal tract.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths every year in the United States.

Inspectors found multiple violations of federal food safety regulations at the Rose Acre Farms facility. The outbreak spread to almost 40 states and sickened 132 people.

In March, the CDC investigated another salmonella outbreak that involved raw coconut and sickened 13 people in eight states.

Six in Pennsylvania sick from shell egg salmonella outbreak