More than 200 million eggs from a North Carolina farm operated by Indiana-based Rose Acre Farms have been recalled because of bacterial contamination.
A notice posted on the Food & Drug Administration website Friday says the eggs shipped to restaurants and grocery stores in nine states may be tainted with salmonella. The bacteria causes nausea, diarrhea and, in rare cases, death. Twenty-two illnesses have been reported.
The eggs were distributed from a farm in eastern North Carolina’s Hyde County by Seymour-based Rose Acre.
The notice says the recalled eggs include varieties sold in Food Lion and Walmart stores, and served at Waffle House restaurants.
The recall came about after the illnesses were reported and the FDA inspected the North Carolina farm.
Rose Acre Farms officials didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
The recall notice said the eggs reached consumers in the following states: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia through retail stores and restaurants via direct delivery.
Rose Acre Farms is the second largest egg producer in the United States and employs about 2,000 people.