The Biggest Egg Recall in Nearly a Decade Is Happening—Here’s What You Should Know

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If you love starting your day with egg-topped avocado toast, listen up (and maybe sit down): There's currently a major egg recall of almost 207 million eggs happening across the United States because of salmonella contamination.

This is reportedly the biggest egg recall in nearly a decade: So far, 22 cases of illness have been documented.

It's reportedly the biggest egg recall in nearly a decade, and so far 22 cases of illness have been traced back to a distributer that supplies eggs to buyers in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. But don't just be wary of the carton you bought at the store, as according to Quartz, the contaminated eggs are in some restaurants, too, like Waffle House.

To avoid getting sick, first check to see if a carton from one of the following brands is taking up space in your fridge, as these companies are selling the compromised eggs from Rose Acre Farms, the United States' second-biggest egg producer, based in Indiana: Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Crystal Farms, Food Lion, Glenview, Great Value (which you probably recognize from Walmart), Nelms, and Sunshine Farms. Then search for the UPC code on your carton of eggs using the U.S. Food & Drug Administration's full list to see if it was affected. Eating a restaurant? Maybe lay off egg-centric dishes at brunch for the time being.

If you think you might have eaten a contaminated egg and are experiencing nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain, the Mayo Clinic says you could feel sick for up to seven days (though the impact the infection might have on your bowels could last several months, so try to be extra kind to your gut by treating it to probiotic-packed food). Luckily, most people typically recover in that time frame without treatment, so you should be back on your feet again soon. (Your appetite for eggs, though? That might take a while.)

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