Following the release of an inspection report by the US Food and Drug Administration, Cal-Maine Foods voluntarily recalled over 280,800 eggs purchased from Rose Acre Farms in Hyde County. In visits between March 26 and April 11, the inspectors noted, “the harborage, proliferation, and spread of filth and pathogens.” Problems included “unacceptable rodent activity;” grime and food debris on floors, pallets, and equipment; water leaking and pooling on floors; employees skipping steps in cleaning eggs, including removing detergent before it had a chance to sink in; and employees failing to wash their hands after touching unsanitary objects. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said evidence was found linking the eggs to at least 23 incidents of salmonella poisoning and six hospitalizations. The eggs were distributed in nine states under at least ten brands and would be identified by the plant number P-1065 and a lot code between 011 and 102. If the problems are not remedied before the next inspection, federal agents could confiscate the eggs or shut down the facility.