Eggs have been recalled by an Alabama farm over salmonella concerns following a multistate outbreak that has infected 14 people and left two hospitalized, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday.
Gravel Ridge Farms has voluntarily recalled a batch of Cage Free Large Eggs distributed to grocery stores and restaurants in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee between June 25 and Sept. 6, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration noted.
Gravel Ridge Farms recalled packages of a dozen and 2.5 dozen eggs in cardboard containers with the UPC code 7-06970-38444-6 and "best if used by" dates of July 25, 2018, through Oct. 3, 2018, the CDC noted.
The organization is advising customers who suspect they may have purchased a box of the recalled eggs to return them to the store or to throw them away.
Salmonella can be fatal, especially among young children, the frail and elderly, and people with weakened immune systems, the FDA said.
Symptoms include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain but in certain circumstances, the infection can lead to more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis.
About 1.2 million people are infected with salmonella in the U.S. each year and about 1 million of those cases stem from food, Newsweek reported.
Earlier this year, more than 200 million eggs were recalled by an Indiana farm operation after a report of 22 illnesses in connection with a salmonella outbreak. The eggs were sold to stores and restaurants in nine states.
Rose Acre Farms voluntarily recalled 206,749,248 eggs for potential of contamination with salmonella in April.
The 53 items affected by the recall include brands like Country Daybreak, Coburn Farms, Crystal Farms, Sunshine Farms and Glenview, with some eggs sold at Food Lion stores, CNN reported.
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