FDA & CDC Investigate Salmonella Egg Outbreak Linked To Recalled Gravel Ridge Farms Eggs
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local health officials, are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis illnesses linked to recalled Gravel Ridge Farms eggs.
As of September 10, 2018, a total of 14 Salmonella illnesses were reported across 2 states. Confirmed case counts per state are as follows: Tennessee (12) and Alabama (2). Two individuals sickened in the outbreak have required hospitalization.
Gravel Ridge Egg Recall
Gravel Ridge Farms has announced an egg recall for its Cage Free Large Eggs due to potential Salmonella contamination. The company also indicated that the recall was initiated after reported illnesses were confirmed at locations using Gravel Ridge Farm Eggs.
The following products are subject to the egg recall:
Product: Gravel Ridge Farms Large Cage Free Eggs
Size: Single Dozen and 2.5 Dozen Flats
Use By Dates: 7/25/18 through 10/3/18.
FDA Advice and Recommendations
– Consumers should not eat recalled eggs produced by Gravel Ridge Farms. If you have Gravel Ridge Farms eggs in your refrigerator, they should be discarded, regardless of the date stamped on the egg package.
– Recalled eggs were sold to several grocery stores in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. To view a list of stores, visit the Gravel Ridge Farms recall notice.
– People who think they might have become ill from eating possibly contaminated eggs should talk to their health care providers.
For Retailers and Restaurants:
According to the FDA announcement:
“Restaurants and retailers should not sell or utilize any recalled shell eggs. Restaurants and retailers should dispose of any of the listed shell eggs by throwing them in the garbage or return them to the place of purchase for credit or refund.
Restaurants and retailers who have served any potentially contaminated or recalled products need to be concerned about cross–contamination of food processing equipment and the food processing environment. They should follow the steps below
– Wash and sanitize display cases and refrigerators regularly.
– Wash and sanitize cutting boards, surfaces, and utensils used to prepare, serve, or store food.
– Wash hands with hot water and soap following the cleaning and sanitation process.”
Please see FDA Update for complete FDA announcement and additional egg/food safety information.
The CDC advises that “Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most persons recover without treatment. However, in some persons, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized.”
Salmonella Food Poisoning Diagnosis
If you suspect that you have contracted Salmonella or are experiencing food poisoning symptoms, contact your doctor. He or she can order a stool culture to confirm Salmonella infection. Let your doctor know that you have consumed or handled the recalled eggs.
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