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FDA: Salmonella Outbreak Originated at Rose Acre Egg Facility

April 23, 2018

HYDE COUNTY, N.C. – April 18, 2018 ( The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has confirmed that a recent Salmonella outbreak began at a Rose Acre Farms egg facility in North Carolina. The outbreak information is reported by*

Through use of epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback evidence, the FDA definitively tied the Salmonella outbreak affecting 207 million eggs back to Rose Acre’s Hyde County, North Carolina, egg production facility. Rose Acre has facilities in North Carolina, Iowa, Georgia, Kansas and Missouri. The Hyde County facility produces 2.3 million eggs a day.  

Contaminated eggs reportedly went to nine different states, including Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. The eggs are branded in those states under the names Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Crystal Farms, Food Lion, Glenview, Great Value, Nelms, and Sunshine Farms. So far, 23 people have been infected, and six people have been hospitalized with Salmonella. Most of these cases have been due to eating eggs or egg dishes at restaurants in the nine affected states.

Symptoms of Salmonella usually appear within six to 72 hours after exposure to contaminated food. Symptoms appear flu-like in nature and include fever, chills, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, headache, and vomiting. People usually recover within a few days, but children and immunocompromised people are at a higher risk of serious infection. 

The Salmonella news comes as Rose Acre was riding more positive publicity regarding its switch to cage-free facilities. Rose Acre started out cage-free but switched to cages in 1976. In 2015, it began a massive rebuild to its facilities to move toward exclusively cage-free operations. The company had also recently donated significant sums of money to cage-free research. 

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