The Rose Acre Farms company is intentionally recalling 206,749,248 eggs in a total of nine states, stating they “have the potential to be infected with salmonella braenderup” — which can sicken healthy adults and have dangerous, possibly deadly effects for young children and the elderly.
The eggs from a farm in North Carolina are being recalled from nine U.S. states after 22 people fell ill, the federal Food and Drug Administration has said.
It is the largest recall of eggs in the United States since 2010, the Food Safety News website reported.
The eggs may have been contaminated with salmonella braenderup, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems, the FDA said on Friday in a statement.
The eggs were recalled by producer Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Indiana “through an abundance of caution,” the FDA’s statement said.
“If anyone has the recalled eggs in their home, they should not eat them,” the FDA says.
The eggs were distributed from a farm in Hyde County, North Carolina, which, Food Safety News said, produces 2.3 million eggs per day from 3 million laying hens.
The eggs have been labeled with a number of brands, including Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, the Food Lion store brand, Crystal Farms, Great Value and Sunshine Farms. Some were sold to restaurants, including Waffle House.
The eggs reached consumers in Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New Jersey, Virginia, Colorado, South Carolina, and West Virginia.