The eggs have reached consumers in the following states: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia through retail stores and restaurants.
Twenty-two illnesses have been reported so far. That includes establishing a "corporate sanitation manager", the Indiana Star reports, to, presumably, oversee sanitation and hygiene practices at the company's farms (in addition to the representatives from the USDA that were already monitoring production on location). Recalled eggs were also sold to restaurants. That's good, because this is the second time that Rose Acre has been tied to a huge salmonella outbreak.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service stated that, if not washed and sanitized properly, salmonella can latch onto the outside of the egg's shell because the egg exits the hen's body through the same passageway as feces is excreted. It is generally contracted from contaminated poultry, meat, eggs and water, and affects the intestinal tract. Healthy individuals who become infected can experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths every year in the United States. Consumers can check the Food and Drug Administration's website for a full list of recalled brands. The outbreak spread to almost 40 states and sickened 132 people. One death has been linked to the E. coli outbreak as well.
In March, the CDC investigated another salmonella outbreak that involved raw coconut and sickened 13 people in eight states.
Some of those might potentially be contaminated with salmonella and sold in Publix stores.
In 2010, a salmonella outbreak led to the massive recall of more than 1 billion eggs from Iowa farms.