More sickened by tainted eggs: 38 people in 7 states hospitalized by produce from Alabama

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Thirty-eight people in seven states have been sickened by salmonella-tainted eggs produced by an Alabama poultry farm.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says the illnesses came from the Gravel Ridge Farms in Cullman, in the northern part of the state.

In the first report released last month, 14 cases had been confirmed in Alabama and Tennessee.

According to the updated report, 23 people have been affected in Tennessee, seven people in Alabama and four people in Ohio. Single cases have been reported in Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky and Montana.

The illnesses, reported between June 17 and August 16, have so far resulted in 10 hospitalizations, but no deaths.

The eggs were sold through September and consumers are now being advised to either throw their eggs out or return them for a refund.

Gravel Ridge Farms issued a recall last month of its cage-free large eggs in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee.

Salmonella infections occur after eating raw meat and eggs or foods that are contaminated with the bacteria.

Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain that generally last between four and seven days.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), salmonella is the cause for 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths in the US annually.

Most people can recover without treatment, although there are cases where antibiotics or IV fluids are needed.

According to Gravel, the recalled eggs, which are sold in cardboard containers of 12 and 30, were distributed between June and September primarily in restaurants and grocery stores. 

The company said the eggs have a ‘best if used by’ dates of July 25 through October 3 and a UPC code of 7-06970-38444-6.

The company says consumers can either throw their eggs out or return them to the store where they purchased them for a refund.

In its report, the CDC warned consumers to not eat any remaining eggs even if eggs were previously eaten with no illness – and for restaurants not to use them.

The agency also recommended washing and sanitizing any surfaces the eggs may have been touched including drawers and shelves. 

Additionally, the FDA released a partial list of the stores in the three states that carried the eggs.

This is the latest in a series of salmonella outbreaks that have been spreading across the US.

In August, the CDC released a report that one person had died and another 16 were sickened after contracting salmonella from Empire kosher chicken.

In June, Kellogg voluntarily recalled its popular children’s cereal Honey Smacks, which has been linked to a massive salmonella outbreak that infected at least 100 people.

In July, Mondelez International recalled 16 varieties of Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits products over salmonella risks, with two people falling.

That same month, Pepperidge Farm voluntarily recalled four types of Goldfish Crackers due to salmonella fears.

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