The chief operating officer of the Rose Acre Farms in a statement to the Indianapolis Star has apologized for falling short of the FDA standards.
An investigation of Rose Acre's facility in Pantego uncovered more than dozen rodents and unsanitary work practices, FDA said. So far, 35 people have been infected in nine states.
Eggs from the farm are sold under several brands including Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Food Lion, Glenview, Great Value, Nelms, Publix, Sunshine Farms and Sunups.
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Years ago, the company was involved in a almost two-decade-long legal battle with the federal government. That's good, because this is the second time that Rose Acre has been tied to a huge salmonella outbreak.
Almost 50 people have been sickened by the contaminated eggs. The judge ordered the government to pay the company $6 million. The 2010 outbreak led to the recall of more than five hundred million of the eggs.
The US Food and Drug Administration traced the outbreak to a farm in Hyde County, North Carolina, which is part of of Rose Acre Farms, which claims to be the second-largest supplier of eggs in the country and is headquartered in Indiana. DeCoster and his son, Peter DeCoster, each pleaded guilty to one count of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce.
The FDA has of course posted the full list of recalled products and warns that, if it turns out you still have one of the possibly unsafe cartons, you should chuck them in the trash or return them for a refund. It can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain among healthy people, but can lead to fatal infections among children younger than 5, adults older than 65 and those with weak immune systems. The outbreak sickened almost one thousand and five hundred people. Raw Coconut because of potential salmonella contamination.