Egg Recall: North Carolina Farm Linked to Salmonella Scare Infested with Rodents and Filth: Report

Farm linked to egg recall infested with rodents, according to a government report.
206 million eggs have been recalled over potential salmonella contamination. iStock

A North Carolina farm linked to the recall of millions of eggs had a rodent infestation and filthy working conditions, according to a Food and Drug Administration inspection.

The federal agency's report says the eggs could potentially be contaminated with salmonella and that inspectors found numerous live and dead rodents at the Rose Acre Farms in Hyde County.

Actions taken at the farm to subdue the infestation were not successful, the report said. 

The report covered inspection visits between March 26 and April 18.

Proper cleaning procedures were not followed, the document said. It also noted there was condensation dripping from "the ceiling, pipes and down walls" that fell on production equipment and pooled on floors and forklift pathways.

A copy of the full report can be found here.

The potentially affected eggs all originated from the North Carolina farm, according to authorities. 

Rose Acre Farms is preparing a response that is due this week and spokesman Gene Grabowski said, "Until then, we would urge everyone to wait until all the facts are presented before rushing to judgment. Thank you for your understanding and patience."

The eggs were sold in different stores, including Walmart and Food Lion, in nine states: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. 

People infected with Salmonella may experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain, the FDA said.

To check whether your eggs are affected by the recall, look for the carton number. They should be labeled with the plant number P-1065, with packing dates ranging from 011 through 102.

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