Between the E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce to the recent massive ground beef recall, it’s easy to feel like you need to double-check before buying any fresh foods. Unfortunately, there’s another food to put on your watchlist—the CDC has announced a multi-state egg recall due to a salmonella outbreak. And according to the FDA, the eggs were also distributed to foreign companies, so the recall is fairly wide-ranging.
So far, the CDC has reported more than 30 cases across the country, including some hospitalizations. And since the salmonella outbreak was first reported in April, there have been several more reports of related illness. There are no deaths reported, fortunately, but this isn’t an outbreak to take lightly. Here’s what to know about the situation and what to do next.
Check If Your Eggs Are Affected by the Recall
The eggs in question are likely from Rose Acre Farms’ Hyde County, North Carolina, farm. The eggs were sold under brand names that include Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Crystal Farms, Food Lion, Glenview, Great Value, Nelms, Publix, Sunshine Farms and Sunups, the CDC notes. And another distributor, Cal-Maine Foods, also recalled eggs that were distributed by Rose Acre Farms. As Food Safety News notes, Crystal Farms and Great Value products are sold at Target and Walmart, respectively, so if you’re a big-box store shopper, you might have purchased some of the potentially affected product.
If you do have eggs purchased from these brands, the affected batch includes egg cartons with plant number P-1065 and Julian dates between 011 and 102. (Here’s where to find those numbers on your egg carton.) If you bought the eggs at Sunups or Publix, it also affects eggs with the plant number P-1359D and best-by dates April 2 and April 3. If you’re still not sure if your eggs are included in the recall, check the FDA’s full list of potentially affected egg brands.
Return or Toss Any Affected Eggs
Salmonella can cause serious health issues, so you don’t want to keep any eggs affected by the recall. Here are the symptoms to look out for.
If you suspect you or your family members may already have eaten eggs affected by the recall—which is possible, since the best-by dates are listed as more than a month ago—clean your fridge and keep an eye on your loved ones’ health. It’s much better to be safe than to be sorry.
And if your eggs were included in the recall—or you’re just looking for some egg-free recipes after reading this news—there are plenty of tasty meals that don’t require eggs. Even baked goods can be delicious egg-free, like this eggless chocolate cake recipe.