Cincinnati Recall Lawyer: Egg Recall Result of Widespread Contamination
Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Indiana is voluntarily recalling almost 207 million eggs because they have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
In rare cases, infection with Salmonella Braenderup can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and leading to endocarditis and arthritis. At least 22 illnesses have been reported.
The eggs were produced at the Hyde County Farm in North Carolina. Food Lion and Walmart eggs (Great Value) are included in this recall. The recall was the result of illnesses reported on the East Coast, which led to an FDA inspection of the Hyde County farm in North Carolina, which produces 2.3 million eggs a day.
At the farm, inspectors from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found a rodent infestation, filth, and unsanitary conditions. During the inspection, several production employees were seen touching their faces, hair or buttocks before touching eggs and food contact surfaces without changing gloves or washing their hands.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati Recall lawyer and Ohio personal injury attorney with experience in injuries due to food poisoning. The Lyon Firm has represented plaintiffs nationwide in foodborne illness claims.
The eggs were distributed from the farm in North Carolina and reached consumers in the following states: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia in restaurants and under the following brands:
This egg recall is the largest since 2010, when a major salmonella outbreak linked to Iowa egg farms sickened more than 1,500 people. In that case, more than 500 million eggs were recalled. The farm owners pleaded guilty to one count of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce.
Authorities said the company sold eggs contaminated with salmonella and even bribed an inspector for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in an attempt to sell eggs that failed to meet minimum industry standards. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths every year in the United States.
Romaine lettuce contaminated with E. Coli bacteria prompted a CDC advisory. The CDC issued a warning about all chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona region, including chopped romaine sold separately or mixed with other greens or vegetables. The majority of romaine lettuce sold in the U.S. is grown in the Yuma area.
Food-borne Illness and E. coli infections can cause severe gastrointestinal distress. Of the 31 people hospitalized from the contaminated romaine, five experienced hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. HUS symptoms include decreased urination frequency, extreme fatigue, and loss of color in the cheeks. According to CDC guidance, people with HUS should be hospitalized for observation and treatment.
The E. coli in the romaine outbreak produces a toxin called Shiga, and most people get sick two to eight days after eating food contaminated with the bacteria. Common symptoms include diarrhea, stomach cramps, and vomiting.
At least 53 people from 16 states were reported ill from the contaminated lettuce, according to the CDC. Of the 53 infections confirmed so far from the romaine lettuce outbreak, 31 people were hospitalized, and five developed hemolytic urine syndrome (HUS).
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