Last month, Rose Acre Farms' Hyde County (N.C.) farm recalled more than 206 million eggs.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that the number of illnesses had risen to 35, an increase of 12 cases since the initial egg recall notice in mid-April. Eleven people have been hospitalized for complications related to the infections, the CDC said, but no deaths have been reported.
The eggs were distributed from a farm in Hyde County, North Carolina and 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.
Public health officials expect additional cases to be confirmed because of the lag time from the time a person develops symptoms to the time the CDC receives confirmation lab reports and notifications from state and local officials.
The brands affected include Great Value, Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Food Lion, Glenview, Nelms, publix, Sunshine Farms and Sunups. Eggs sold at Publix and branded as Sunups are marked with plant number P-1359D, pack date 048A or 049A and best-by dates of April 02 and April 03. In a statement to the Indianapolis Star, chief operating officer Tony Wesner said: "We're sorry for any concerns we may have caused consumers because some of our policies fell short of FDA standards, and we vow to do better in the future".
According to the Post, Rose Acre Farms has come under scrutiny in the past for salmonella contamination.
Salmonella is a bacteria that can be found on the inside of contaminated eggs and on eggshells, too. Symptoms include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
Anyone who has had any of the recalled eggs in their homes or restaurants should take intervention action even if no one is known to have become sick after eating them. The outbreak spread to almost 40 states and sickened 132 people.
In February, Triple T Specialty Meats, based in Ackley, Iowa, recalled more than 20,000 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken salad products that may have been contaminated with salmonella.