Egg recall tops 207 million after more added over salmonella fears

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Rose Acre Farms voluntarily recalled 206,749,248 eggs due to potential contamination with Salmonella Braenderup, the Food and Drug Administration said in a statement.

IN farmers have issued a warning after at least 22 people have fallen ill.

The company, Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Indiana, said in its alert that it had chosen to issue the recall "through an abundance of caution".

Consumers who have purchased shell eggs from plant number P-1065 with the Julian date range of 011 through 102 printed on either the side portion or the principal side of the carton or package are urged to immediately discontinue use of the recalled eggs and to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Understandably, the news about potentially contaminated eggs causing the largest egg recall since 2010 has people anxious, and many are wondering how Salmonella even gets into eggs at their local grocery stores in the first place.

"My hope and expectation is that the egg manufacturers are being very aggressive - they're recalling everything that they have even the slightest suspicion about", said Snyder.

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Health officials discovered the possible outbreak after reports of illnesses from consumers living on the East Coast. Infected people typically develop diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours but most people recover without medical treatment.

S. Braenderup is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems, FDA noted.

Brands affected include Country Daybreak, Coburn Farms, Crystal Farms, Sunshine Farms and Glenview, with some eggs sold at Food Lion stores. The vast majority of the cases are caused by contaminated foods.

The eggs were sold through retail stores and restaurants.

Visit the FDA website for more information on the recall.