A total of 35 people have been sickened across 9 states in an outbreak of Salmonella traced to shell eggs. The outbreak first came to public notice when the FDA announced in April that more than 207 million eggs produced by Rose Acre Farms' facility in Hyde County, North Carolina were being recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination. No deaths have been reported, but 11 people have been hospitalized. An FDA inspection of the farm found dozens of rodents, some alive and some dead, in the hen houses, as well as other indications of uncleanliness and infestation. On May 22, Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), chair of the Congressional Food Safety Caucus and a member of the House appropriations subcommittee that funds the FDA, wrote to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb asking about the agency's investigation of Rose Acre Farms. FDA inspection reports, her letter says, "revealed that the agency was aware of serious food safety violations at Rose Acre Farms' Hyde County facility weeks before a recall was initiated. Despite the scale of this outbreak, there are still many unanswered questions related to the recall and the investigation." This egg recall is the largest since 2010, which involved more than 500 million eggs from the Quality Egg company. See some of our coverage of the Quality Egg story.