Massive egg recall

Breakfast is now a very dangerous activity.
Nearly 207 million eggs are being recalled by the FDA over fears of salmonella, making it the second largest egg recall in the US since 2010. Salmonella, a bacterial illness resulting in diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps, causes an estimated 1.2 million illnesses each year and 450 deaths. The outbreak, which has resulted in at least 22 cases of illness thus far, involves eggs produced by Rose Acre Farms in Seymore, Indiana and sold to a distributing farm in Hyde County, North Carolina. The latter supplies eggs to no less than nine states, putting at risk consumers in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Brands and stores to watch out for include Country Daybreak, Crystal Farms, Coburn Farms, Sunshine Farms, Glenview, Great Value, Walmart, and Food Lion: more specifically, those with plant number P-1065 printed on the carton with dates between 011 and 102. There is no valid scientific evidence that shows that poultry products labeled “Kosher,” “free-range,” “organic,” or “natural” have more or less of the bacteria, according to FSIS.
Typically, a person with salmonella poisoning develops a fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea approximately 12 to 72 hours after consuming the contaminated food. The illness usually lasts from four to seven days, and most people do not need antibiotics in order to recover. However, the elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems may be the most susceptible to becoming seriously ill as a result of salmonellosis. In these patients, the infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other parts of the body. This can lead to death unless the person is promptly treated with antibiotics, according to the CDC.
Last week, Austin J. DeCoster, one of the country’s biggest egg farmers, was asked by a Congressional committee how eggs from his Iowa farms had sickened thousands of people nationally with a bacterium called Salmonella enteritidis. His answer: “This is a complicated subject.”
More than half a billion eggs were recalled last month, the majority from a group of Iowa farms, called Wright County Egg, owned by Mr. DeCoster. It is not the first time that eggs he produced made people sick. Salmonella enteritidis has been a problem on Mr. DeCoster’s farms for years. He has sold eggs that caused salmonella outbreaks several times before, including a 1987 outbreak at a New York City hospital in which about 500 people got sick and 9 died.
Inspectors from the United States Department of Agriculture check to make sure that equipment is clean and that eggs don’t have cracks or are sorted properly. They do not go into henhouses, which have largely been ignored by government inspectors. In response to the outbreak, the F.D.A. says it will inspect each of the approximately 600 large egg farms in the country by the end of next year. Right now, the USDA only inspects farms with at least 50,000 hens. Until then, don’t get too eggs-cited.

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