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FDA Report: Egg Farm Linked to Salmonella Outbreak Had Rodent Problem

An FDA report found Rose Acre Farms had unsanitary conditions and didn't do enough to address a rodent infestation.
Posted at 4:48 PM, May 16, 2018

A newly released report found an egg farm that's been linked to a multistate salmonella outbreak in eggs had an "ongoing rodent infestation." 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in an inspection report that Rose Acre Farms in Hyde County, North Carolina, were aware of the rodent infestation for months but did not take the appropriate measures to fix the problem.

The FDA inspectors also cited "insanitary conditions" and "poor employee practices," and observed dozens of flying insects land on food and production equipment during the inspection. 

At least 35 people across nine states have fallen ill since the outbreak began.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends disposing of eggs produced by Rose Acre Farms. The eggs were sold under a number of brand names including Great Value, Country Daybreak and Crystal Farms.