In a follow-up on the Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak linked to cage-free large eggs from Gravel Ridge Farms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 24 more illnesses since mid September, bringing the total to 38 cases. Ten people required hospitalization for their illness.
In addition, five more states reported ill people: Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Ohio, and Montana. This brings the multistate outbreak to seven states.
On September 8, 2018, Gravel Ridge Farms recalled cage-free large eggs because they might be contaminated with Salmonella. Whole genome sequencing results showed that Salmonella Enteritidis identified in environmental samples and in eggs collected from the Gravel Ridge Farms facility in Alabama was closely related genetically to the Salmonella from ill people.
CDC reminds the public to not eat, sell, or serve Gravel Ridge Farms cage-free large eggs. Return them to the store for a refund or throw them away. Even if some eggs were eaten and no one got sick, do not eat any more of these eggs.
Gravel Ridge Farms recalled packages of a dozen and 2.5 dozen eggs in cardboard containers. Recalled eggs were sold in grocery stores and to restaurants in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee.
In addition, consumers and restaurants should always handle and cook eggs safely to avoid foodborne illness from raw eggs. Eggs should be cooked until both the yolk and white are firm. Scrambled eggs should not be runny.
Make sure that foods that contain raw or lightly cooked eggs, such as eggs over easy or hollandaise sauce, are made only with pasteurized eggs.
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