Nearly 207 million eggs from a farm in North Carolina recalled after 22 people fell ill, the federal Food and Drug Administration has said.
US recalls more than 200 million eggs from nine states over salmonella fears that came from Rose Acre Farms, which is the second-biggest egg producer in the US and based in Indiana.
It is the largest recall of eggs in the United States since 2010, the Food Safety News website reported.
According to Food Safety News, the farm produces 2.3 million eggs per day from 3 million laying hens.
The eggs reached consumers in Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New Jersey, Virginia, Colorado, South Carolina, and West Virginia.
Health Tips: How to protect yourself
Salmonella infections are particularly dangerous to the young and elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.
Healthy individuals can experience nausea, vomiting, fever, diarrhea, and stomach pain.
The U.S. Food Safety Administration suggests how to help prevent illness from salmonella contamination:
- Don’t eat foods at higher risk for salmonella contamination, such as undercooked eggs, raw eggs, undercooked meat or poultry, or unpasteurized milk.
- Properly refrigerate all food before cooking. Make sure food is cooked thoroughly and to the appropriate internal temperature.
- Thoroughly clean kitchen surfaces.
- Wash hands with soap and water before preparing food.
- Keep ready-to-eat and cooked foods separate from each other.
- Do not allow dishes or utensils that were used for raw food to touch cooked food.
- Refrigerate foods promptly after cooking.
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