Here’s Where the 200 Million Eggs Recalled for Salmonella Were Sold
UPDATE: The Food and Drug Administration is adding another major retailer to the list of those affected by the largest egg recall we've seen since 2010.
More than 200 million eggs have been recalled due to possible salmonella contamination, and retailers like Walmart and Food Lion have been busy pulling the products from their shelves. But the latest retailer implicated in the recall is Publix, a Southeastern favorite for home cooks across the region—but, according to a new recall posted by the FDA, only shoppers in Florida need worry.
Cal-Maine Foods has initiated a voluntary recall of nearly 300,000 eggs that the Mississippi-based producer purchased from Rose Acre Farms, the initial source of yesterday's recall. The at-risk eggs were only stocked in stores in Florida, and are packaged under Publix's private-label, as well as Sunups and three other generic brands. These newly recalled eggs all have a best-by date of April 2 or April 3.
Like the first recall, there've been no reports of Salmonella-induced illnesses stemming from the tainted eggs. Anyone who might have purchased eggs from Publix, as well as Walmart and Food Lion, should take a peek at their cartons—customers are eligible for a full refund, or at the very least, should toss affected cartons. For a full list of products affected in Florida, click here.
The original article, published Tuesday, April 17, continues below:
The U.S. is currently experiencing the largest egg recall since 2010—over 206 million eggs have potentially been infected with salmonella. Indiana’s Rose Acre Farms issued the recall following reports of their eggs causing more than 20 people across the nation to become seriously ill.
The Food and Drug Administration released a statement over the weekend that highlighted all the brands and products affected by the sweeping recall, which includes stores located in Colorado, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Florida. There are some familiar brand names on the list that might encourage you to take a quick peek at your eggs.
The FDA says the eggs in question were sold to multiple retailers under different brand names, including Coburn Farms, Crystal Farms, Sunshine Farms, Country Daybreak, and Great Value. Does that last one ring a bell? It's the private label sold exclusively at Walmart, which is one of the major retailers affected by the recall. Other affected stores include Food Lion and fast-casual restaurant Waffle House.
Thankfully, there haven’t been any salmonella-related deaths in this case, but the FDA is still trying to locate the 22 reported cases of egg-related illness. The FDA is asking anyone who has bought affected eggs to discard them immediately or to bring them back to stores for a refund—you can see a full list of the products under the recall right here.
Food Lion confirmed with CBS News that they've pulled all the affected eggs from over 400 stores following the FDA's notice. It's unclear if Walmart has addressed the issue just yet, or if Waffle House has served the salmonella-tainted eggs in any of their restaurants.
If you live in one of the states listed above and have shopped for eggs recently, take a few seconds to check your eggs before cooking with them—it could save you from the serious side effects of a salmonella infection, which is potentially deadly for young children and the elderly.