Following an investigation by the FDA, the contaminated eggs were linked back to Rose Acre Farms and their facility in North Carolina.
The CDC is continuing to urge consumers, restaurants and retailers not to eat, serve, or sell recalled eggs produced by Rose Acre Farms' farm in Hyde County, North Carolina.
In an update issued late last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is being reported that last month's recall from Rose Acre Farms has claimed 12 new victims since the last update on April 16. 11 people have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.
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As a result of these findings and discussions between the FDA and the firm, Rose Acre Farms voluntarily recalled shell eggs from the Hyde County egg farm. For Publix and Sunups egg cartons, the plant number is P-1359D and the Julian date is 048A or 049A with best by dates of April 02 and April 03.
The FDA has of course posted the full list of recalled products and warns that, if it turns out you still have one of the possibly unsafe cartons, you should chuck them in the trash or return them for a refund. Twenty-two of 25 people interviewed reported eating shell eggs.
Knowing whether to toss out your eggs is unfortunately far less simple than checking the fridge for a box labeled "Rose Acre Farms". When the agency's health inspectors did a site visit in March, they reportedly found over a dozen rodents crawling around, and also saw employees handle dirty equipment and touch their bodies without washing their hands afterward.
In an emailed statement, Seymour-based Rose Acre Farms said the inspection report "is based on raw observations and in some cases lack proper context".