by KATE EVANS
A massive recall of 206 million eggs in nine states including West Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania due to the potential of Salmonella Braenderup contamination did not affect Food Lion store brand eggs sold at the Berkeley Springs store. However, the recall affects multiple brands that could be sold in other regional stores including Walmart and ones used in regional restaurants.
Some 22 Salmonella illnesses were reported as of Friday. Morgan County and Berkeley County Health Departments have not had any reports of Salmonella illness that was linked to the egg recalls.
Rose Acre Farms, a company that produces eggs for Food Lion and Walmart and supplies other regional stores and restaurants, issued an April 13 voluntary recall of the eggs, which could be life-threatening if consumed.
The recalled eggs reached consumers in West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, Florida, Colorado and New Jersey through retail stores and restaurants through direct delivery.
The recall does not affect Maryland grocery stores or other outlets.
Food Lion recalled some select egg products with specific UPC codes from plant 1065, but the recall did not affect the Berkeley Springs Food Lion store’s brand eggs, which are from plant 1107, said Berkeley Springs Food Lion assistant manager Mike DuVall. Duvall said the egg recall affected 400 Food Lion stores that are in their southern region.
Multiple brands recalled
Food and Drug Administration officials said in an April 14 U.S. announcement that the recalled eggs are sold under multiple brand names, including Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Food Lion, Glenview, Great Value, Nelms and Sunshine Farms and were also sold to restaurants. Great Value is the Walmart store brand. The recalled eggs were produced in the Rose Acre Farms’ Hyde County plant 1065.
They advised that consumers should not eat any of the recalled shell eggs if they have them in their homes. They should throw the eggs away or return them to the place of purchase for credit or refund.
Health department reports
Morgan County Health Department sanitarian Tim Zeigler said that he hasn’t had any reported cases of Salmonella. He has followed up with regional stores and restaurants that may carry or use the affected recalled eggs. For more information or concerns about the egg recall, Zeigler can be reached at 304-258-1513, extension 107.
Berkeley County Health Department epidemiologist Robert Deener also said he hasn’t had any recent reports of Salmonella. The last case he investigated was March 30 and didn’t involve the individual eating eggs.
Recalled eggs link
All the affected Rose Acre Farms recalled eggs are from plant number P-1065 with the Julian date range of 011 through date of 102 printed on either the side portion or the principal side of the carton or package, as follows: Lot Codes 011 – 102. A full list of the egg products and brands involved in the Rose Acre Farms egg recall and their UPC codes can be found at: https://www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/Outbreaks/ucm604644.htm.
FDA testing determined that eggs from the Rose Acre Farms’ Hyde County facility are connected to 22 cases of Salmonella Braenderup infections during their investigation of an outbreak of Salmonella infections in multiple states. Investigators learned that all of the people who became ill ate eggs or egg dishes and traced the eggs back to the facility.
Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the Rose Acre Farms company in Seymour, Indiana at 855-215-5730.
Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment. Complications include severe diarrhea that can require hospitalization.
If people think they may have become ill through eating possibly contaminated or recalled shell eggs, they should contact a physician.