200 million eggs recalled because of salmonella concerns

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - More than 200 million eggs from a North Carolina farm have been recalled because of bacterial contamination.

A notice posted on the Food & Drug Administration website Friday says the eggs shipped to restaurants and grocery stores in nine states may be tainted with salmonella. The bacteria causes nausea, diarrhea and, in rare cases, death. Twenty-two illnesses have been reported so far.

The eggs reached consumers in the following states:

Colorado
Florida
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Virginia
West Virginia

The notice says the recalled eggs include varieties sold in Food Lion and Walmart stores, and served at Waffle House restaurants.

According to the notice, "The affected eggs (were) from plant number P-1065 with the Julian date range of 011 through date of 102 printed on either the side portion or the principal side of the carton or package."

The eggs were distributed from a farm in eastern North Carolina's Hyde County by Indiana-based Rose Acre Farms. The recall came about after the illnesses were reported and the FDA inspected the farm.

Rose Acre Farms officials didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment.