Salmonella outbreak linked to tainted eggs

The USDA tried to stop the company from distributing eggs from the three contamination sites, which prompted a 19-year legal battle that ended when the case was dismissed by the Supreme Court in 2009.

The brands affected by the recall include Crystal Farms, Great Value, Country Daybreak, and others. The eggs came from Rose Acre's Hyde County Farm in North Carolina.

So far at least 35 people in several states have reported becoming ill.

Eggs included in this recall have plant number P-1065 with the Julian date range of 011 through date of 102 printed on one of the sides on your carton or package.

Consumers who have any of these shell eggs in their homes should not eat them and should throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for credit or refund. 11 people have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.

Another recalled batch includes some 280,800 eggs from Cal-Maine Foods, which was purchased from Rose Acre Farms in North Carolina and re-packaged at the company's Dade City, Florida, location, according to the FDA. In addition, check for these carton details.

The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.

The Indianapolis Star reported the egg recall is one of the largest to occur since 2010, when 500 million eggs were recalled from an Iowa producer amid almost 2,000 reported illnesses linked to salmonella.

The symptoms of salmonella manifest themselves in a variety of ways, including nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhoea, fever and headaches.

Unrelated, a year later in 2010, the largest salmonella-related egg recall in the U.S. occurred; after the FDA traced the outbreak-which sickened 1,500 people-to Iowa-based Quality Eggs, the agency forced a recall of 550 million eggs.

Initially, the FDA indicated in April that 22 illnesses had been reported.

Vanessa Coleman

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