Last month over 200 million eggs were recalled as a result of a salmonella outbreak. Given the massive scope, consumers are still being impacted weeks later. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention claims that 35 people spanning five states have fallen ill. 12 of those people reported being infected from April 13 to as recently as May 9. According to the Washington Post, 11 people have been hospitalized. So far no deaths have been reported.

Considering that eggs can have a shelf life of up to three weeks, it makes sense that illness is still being reported nearly a month after the recall. So how can you tell if you have a bacterial outbreak waiting to happen in your refrigerator? Here’s what to look out for.

Rose Acre Farms implemented a voluntarily recall of their eggs back in April. However, to complicate matters, they were sold under a myriad of different brand names, making it harder for consumers to know whether or not they may have been directly affected. The names include Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Food Lion, Glenview, Great Value, Nelms, and Sunshine Farms. Step one is identifying whether or not you have anything packaged under those brands in your kitchen.

If eggs from these companies are in your possession, you’ll want to be on the lookout for specific markings on the package. According to the FDA, the eggs in question came from plant number P-1065 and have a date range of 011 through 102 printed on the carton. In other words, be extremely thorough when checking your fridge for potentially contaminated eggs. Egg-cersize caution!

In a statement to the Washington Post, Rose Acre Farms said, “We apologize to anyone who may have been sickened or who has a family member or friend who may have taken ill because of our eggs. Meanwhile, we have already implemented numerous remedial actions and have not only corrected deficiencies at the farm, but we’ve also taken other steps to ensure the farm meets or exceeds the standards by the FDA and USDA.”

This is the largest egg recall in nearly a decade. Back in 2010, two Iowa farms recalled over 500 million eggs, but this outbreak is still pretty awful. The FDA warns that Salmonella Braenderup can cause fever, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain in healthy adults. The symptoms can be far more serious, and even fatal, for children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.

It’s been a big year for bacterial outbreaks. There have already been 149 reported cases of E. coli associated with romaine lettuce (another food that can last a while in your fridge). With so many many recalls, we’re wondering when it will be safe to eat a healthy diet ever again!

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Jessica is a former Associate Editor at Chowhound. Follow her on Twitter @volume_knob for updates on snacks and cats.
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