Gravel Ridge Farm Egg Shells Salmonella

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, September 10, 2018
Contact: Media Relations,
(404) 639-3286

Good afternoon,

CDC advises consumers, restaurants, and retailers not to eat, serve, or sell Gravel Ridge Farms cage-free large eggs, which have been linked to a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections. Read the Food Safety Alert:

Key Points:

  • CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections linked to eggs from Gravel Ridge Farms.
  • Fourteen people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis have been reported from Alabama and Tennessee. Two people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
  • Illnesses in this outbreak started on dates ranging from July 10, 2018 to August 7, 2018.
  • On September 8, 2018, Gravel Ridge Farms recalledexternal icon cage-free large eggs because they might be contaminated with Salmonella.
  • Do not eat, sell, or serve Gravel Ridge Farms cage-free large eggs. Return them to the store for a refund or throw them away. Even if some eggs were eaten and no one got sick, do not eat any more of these eggs.
    • Gravel Ridge Farms recalled packages of a dozen and 2.5 dozen eggs in cardboard containers.
    • Recalled eggs were sold in grocery stores and to restaurants in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. For a full list of locations where recalled eggs were sold, visit the FDA websiteexternal icon.
  • Consumers and restaurants should always handle and cook eggs safely to avoid foodborne illness from raw eggs.
    • Eggs should be cooked until both the yolk and white are firm. Scrambled eggs should not be runny.
    • Make sure that foods that contain raw or lightly cooked eggs, such as eggs over easy or hollandaise sauce, are made only with pasteurized eggs.
  • Contact a healthcare provider if you think you got sick from eating recalled Gravel Ridge Farms shell eggs.
  • People get sick from Salmonella 12 to 72 hours after swallowing the germ and experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps.
  • Most people recover within a week, but some illnesses can last longer and be more severe.
  • CDC will provide updates when more information is available.

If you have further questions about this outbreak, please call the CDC media line at (404) 639-3286. If you have questions about cases in a particular state, please call that state’s health department



Page last reviewed: September 10, 2018