Federal and state health and regulatory officials announced the investigation into a Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak linked to cage-free large eggs from Gravel Ridge Farms. To date, 14 people have been sickened in two states-Tennessee and Alabama.


Two people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

On September 8, 2018, Gravel Ridge Farms recalled cage-free large eggs because they might be contaminated with Salmonella. These products were packaged in a cardboard container and sold primarily in restaurants and retail stores in  Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the public return any Gravel Ridge Farms eggs to the store for a refund or throw them away, regardless of the “best if used by” date. Even if some eggs were eaten and no one got sick, do not eat them. Wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where recalled eggs were stored.

People get sick from Salmonella 12 to 72 hours after swallowing the germ and experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps.

Most people recover within a week, but some illnesses can last longer and be more severe.