200 million eggs recalled because of salmonella concerns

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- More than 200 million eggs from a North Carolina farm have been recalled because of bacterial contamination.

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. The bacteria causes nausea, diarrhea and, in rare cases, death. Twenty-two illnesses have been reported.

The eggs were distributed from a farm in eastern North Carolina's Hyde County by Indiana-based Rose Acre Farms to the following states: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The notice says the recalled eggs include varieties sold in Food Lion and Walmart stores, and served at Waffle House restaurants.

The recall came about after the 22 illnesses were reported and the FDA inspected the North Carolina farm.

Rose Acre Farms released a statement on Monday: 

The Hyde County farm has never before experienced a recall or serious safety violation. The recall was conducted in full cooperation with the FDA and we look forward to getting the Hyde County farm back in operation as soon as possible. For now, the North Carolina farm has halted delivery of all shell eggs, but Rose Acre is working on a 24-hour basis to fill customer orders from its other facilities around the country.

Consumers who have purchased shells eggs that fall into the release category are urged to immediately discontinue their use and to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 855-215-5730 between the hours of 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Eastern Standard time.

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