In the past couple weeks, an egg producer has pulled an unspecified number of eggs from supermarket shelves and restaurants after test results came back revealing their eggs were contaminated with Salmonella, according to reports. New reports have surfaced stating that more illnesses have been confirmed.
The United States Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers of this recall and asking that they check their refrigerators. Consumers who eat these eggs could develop foodborne illness symptoms.
Symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea which may be bloody, fever, chills, and abdominal pain, according to the Mayo Clinic. In rare instances, some people may develop a deadly disease called typhoid fever. However, this disease is more common in developing countries.
Individuals who are otherwise healthy will typically recover faster; usually within a few days. As for individuals with a weaker immune system or who are categorized as high-risk may experience severe or, in some cases, life-threatening symptoms.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on October 2 that there are now 38 people across seven states confirmed with this infection. One-third of the patients have had such severe symptoms that they had to be admitted to hospitals. The consumers infected are between the ages of 1 and 94 years old.
Health officials are expecting this number to rise due to the two-to-four-week lag time between when a consumer becomes ill and when their laboratory results return.
Federal and state officials are currently investigating Gravel Ridge Farms eggs after they were recalled on September 8. Officials have stated that there have been more than another two dozen people that have been infected by the Salmonella outbreak.
Some of Gravel Ridge Farms eggs have the expiration date of October 3 and health officials are concerned that some people will eat these well after the expiration date. Restaurants are warned of this recall as well. If you have these eggs in your home, you are asked to discard the eggs immediately or return them to the place of purchase.
Be sure to inform your friends and family!