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Over 200 million eggs recalled in U.S. because of salmonella fears

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You may want to check your eggs as more than 200 million are being recalled because of potential salmonella contamination.

The eggs were distributed from a farm in eastern North Carolina's Hyde County by Indiana-based Rose Acre Farms.

Salmonella infections are particularly risky to the young and elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.

Salmonella is a bacterium that adversely affects young children and the elderly, triggering fevers, vomiting and abdominal pain.

They have the plant number P-1065 with the date range of 011 through 102 on the carton. A chart of the affected lot codes can be found on the FDA site. The eggs have been sold in various stores, including Food Lion and Walmart. "Throw them away or return them to place of purchase for credit or refund", FDA boss Scott Gottlieb tweeted over the weekend.

About 1 million people in the U.S. get sick from salmonella every year, with about 19,000 people hospitalized and 380 deaths, according to the USA government.

The recall is equivalent to nearly 10 days production at the farm, which produces 2.3 million eggs a day.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, twenty two illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was voluntary on Rose Acre Farms' part. It is generally contracted from contaminated poultry, meat, eggs and water, and affects the intestinal tract.

The North Carolina facility has roughly 3 million hens who put out an average 2.3 million eggs each day, according to the FDA.

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