The salmonella outbreak linked to eggs from Rose Acre Farms has worsened, with 12 more reported illnesses since the initial recall notice.
While the eggs were recalled in April it is being reported that people began falling ill as early as November 2017 and are still getting ill as recently as last month. NY and Virginia have reported the highest number of cases, with eight each.
An investigation by federal officials led to an inspection of the farm's facility in Hyde County, N.C., which produces 2.3 million eggs a day from 3 million hens.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are a total of 35 reported illnesses in nine states and 11 hospitalizations, though no deaths have been reported.
Both the CDC and the FDA are also advising consumers to cook eggs fully, and to carefully wash any surfaces or tools that come into contact with raw eggs.
"Check egg cartons for the following numbers: P-1065 (the plant number) and another set of numbers between 011 and 102 (the Julian date), or, for Publix and Sunups egg cartons, plant number P-1359D and Julian date 048A or 049A with Best Buy dates of April 02 and April 03".
"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", the company said.
Rose Acre Farms sued, and a few years later a federal judge ruled that the government had overstepped its boundaries and had to compensate the company for income lost as a result of regulations.
Rose Acre Farms' recall is the largest involving eggs since 2010.
The CDC's salmonella fact sheet states that the bacteria is responsible for about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths each year in the US, with over 80 percent of the illnesses traced to tainted food. It can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain among healthy people, but can lead to fatal infections among children younger than 5, adults older than 65 and those with weak immune systems.