May 29, 2024

Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup Linked to Rose Acre Farms Shell Eggs Is Over

The multistate outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup infections linked to recalled Rose Acre Farms shell eggs is over, according to the CDC. Forty-five people in 10 states were infected with the outbreak strain. Eleven people were hospitalized. No deaths were reported.

Rose Acre Farms Eggs Salmonella Outbreak

Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback evidence indicated that shell eggs produced by Rose Acre Farms’ Hyde County, North Carolina farm were the likely source of this outbreak. Rose Acre Farms voluntarily recalled 206,749,248 shell eggs on April 13, 2018. On April 16, 2018, Cal-Maine Foods voluntarily recalled another 23,400 dozen eggs that were purchased from Rose Acre Farms.

The patient case count by state is: Alaska (1), Colorado (1), Florida (2), New Jersey (2), New York (14), North Carolina (6), Pennsylvania (6), South Carolina (4), Virginia (8), and West Virginia (1). Illnesses started on dates ranging from November 16, 2017 to May 13, 2018. The patient age range was from 1 to 90.

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Attorney Fred Pritzker, who represents clients sickened in Salmonella outbreaks throughout the country, said, “Eggs have been linked to Salmonella outbreaks in the past. The bacteria can be in the hen’s ovaries, where it is deposited directly into the egg as it develops. People at high risk of foodborne illness should always eat egg dishes that are cooked to at least 165°F.”

All of the evidence available to public health officials indicated that shell eggs produced by Rose Acre Farms’ Hyde County, North Carolina farm were the likely source of this outbreak. In interviews, 83% of patients said they ate shell eggs. Fifty-three percent said they ate various egg dishes at different restaurants.

FDA traced the source of some of the shell eggs supplied to those restaurants to Rose Acre Farms in North Carolina. Environmental samples from that farm revealed the outbreak strain of Salmonella Braenderup. In addition, an FDA inspection of that farm found a rodent infestation, insanitary conditions, and poor employee practices.

If you have eaten eggs and have been sick with vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, and a fever, which are the typical symptoms of a Salmonella infection, see your doctor. The long term consequences of this illness can include irritable bowel syndrome and endocarditis.


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