It's never encouraging to hear that one of your favorite foods might give you the intestinal equivalent of a napalm bombing, but that's the current situation with some eggs. In mid-April, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that more than 200 million eggs were voluntarily being recalled by Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Indiana following concerns that their product may have been contaminated by Salmonella Braenderup, a volatile and potentially fatal bacteria that no one wants on their breakfast plate. While the recall has been in effect for more than a month, just last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the number of reported cases of salmonella has been on the rise in recent weeks—from 12 to 35.
Does this mean you should throw out all the eggs in your fridge? No—but you definitely need to check and see if you purchased any that have been affected by the recall. The eggs were shipped to consumers in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Residents in those states should look for the brand names affected, which include County Daybreak, Crystal Farms, Coburn Farms, Sunshine Farms, Glenview, Great Value, and those sold under the Food Lion retail banner. Eggs were also distributed to Walmart stores and Waffle Houses. The plant number (P-105) will be stamped somewhere on the carton.
While the 35 cases reported so far appear minor compared to Rose Acre's output—they produce over 2 million eggs daily—salmonella is not to be trifled with. If you have an affected carton, you can return it to the store for a full refund or call Rose Acre at 855-215-5730.