People Sickened With Salmonella Streak, Recall 207 Million Eggs in US

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Six people in Pennsylvania have gotten sick from a national shell egg salmonella outbreak, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No deaths have been reported.

With the newly released information in mind, the CDC advised consumers, restaurants, and retailers respectively not to eat, serve, or sell the eggs involved in the recall.

Several brands of eggs are subject to the recall, including the Great Value brand sold by Walmart and the Crystal Farms brand sold by Target.

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Last month, Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Indiana, voluntarily recalled 206,749,248 shell eggs because they could be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. NY and Virginia have clocked the most number of cases, tallying eight each. "We vow to do better in the future".

The company has started retraining employees and created a position called "Corporate Sanitation Manager", the Star reported. In 1990, the egg producer was linked to three separate salmonella outbreaks that sickened hundreds of people, the paper reported. In response, the government prohibited the company from selling eggs from three IN farms where the contaminated eggs originated and required expensive cleanups that threatened to put the company out of business. "Rose Acre Farms takes food safety and the welfare of our hens, workers, and consumers very seriously".

After a few more years of back-and-forth appeals, the case was dismissed in 2009. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella Braenderup can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis.

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Anyone who has had any of the recalled eggs in their homes or restaurants should take intervention action even if no one is known to have become sick after eating them.

The outbreak has been linked to eggs distributed by Rose Acre Farms, a family-owned business based in IN that describes itself as the second-largest egg producer in the U.S.

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