HYDE COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) More illnesses have been reported following a salmonella outbreak that led to the recall of more than 206-million eggs from a Hyde County farm.
Cropped Photo: MGN Photo - Stacy Zech
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a dozen more salmonella cases have been reported, bringing the total number of illnesses to 35 since the recall was first issued last month.
Out of the 35 illnesses, eleven people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported, according to the CDC.
In April, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration traced the illnesses back to eggs produced from Rose Acre Farms. More than 206-million eggs were recalled due to potential Salmonella Braenderup contamination.
After an investigation of the farm, federal inspectors say they found dozens of rodents, filthy conditions and employees using poor hygiene.
The company said in a statement that it found the report to be unfair and out of context. They also told the Washington Post on Saturday that they "apologize to anyone who may have been sickened or who has a family member or friend who may have taken ill because of our eggs... Meanwhile, we have already implemented numerous remedial actions and have not only corrected deficiencies at the farm, but we've also taken other steps to ensure the farm meets or exceeds the standards by the FDA and USDA.”
An active recall is still placed on the eggs, that were sold in nine different states under the following brand names: Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Food Lion, Glenview, Great Value, Nelms, Publix, Sunshine Farms, and Sunups.
Consumers who have purchased the recalled eggs are told to return them to the place they bought them for a full refund. More information on the recalled eggs and advice to consumers can be found here.
A company is voluntarily recalling more than 206-million eggs that were distributed from a farm in Hyde County. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the eggs were potentially contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup.
The eggs were distributed from Rose Acre Farms in Hyde County and have reached consumers in nine different states, including North Carolina, Florida, Colorado, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia, the FDA said.
Officials say 22 illnesses have been reported to date.
People infected with Salmonella Braenderup can experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Infection can lead to serious illness and sometimes fatal infections in young children or elderly people, the FDA said.
The Hyde County farm produces 2.3 million eggs a day and includes 3 million laying hens with a USDA inspector on-site daily, according to the FDA.
Consumers who have purchased the recalled eggs are told to return them to the place they bought them for a full refund. A full list of the recalled eggs can be found here.