A potentially life-threatening outbreak of listeria has led to the voluntary recall of hard-boiled eggs from numerous retailers.
According to a statement from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Almark Foods has issued a voluntary recall on all of its hard-boiled egg and peeled egg products, citing a potential listeria contamination as the cause.
Almark Foods Issues Voluntary Recall
Almark issued the recall after one person died and four were hospitalized with listeria. Preliminary investigation shows that the hard-boiled egg products sold by Almark could have been the culprits behind the infections. A statement from the company confirms that they have recalled all retail, pillow pack, pouch pack, frozen diced, and protein kit products containing hard-boiled or peeled eggs.
Bakkavor Foods USA Inc., for whom Almark provides egg whites, also announced a related recall of their Trader Joe’s Egg Salad and Trader Joe’s Old Fashioned Potato Salad products. This is because the products contain the same batch of eggs that Almark has recalled. The decision to recall was made out of an abundance of caution.
Where Is the Recall in Effect?
While the recall only officially affects a few states in the Southeast, some of the products were shipped all over the US. As such, customers across the country should aware of the recall and avoid buying any of the affected products.
Listeria infections have been recorded in five states so far: Maine, South Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania and Texas. One case resulted in the death of the patient, as listeria can be a life-threatening illness under certain conditions.
Listeria is a bacterium strain that can cause illness in humans when ingested, such as through contaminated foods. Common symptoms include fevers, aching muscles, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and headaches. Symptoms are notably more dangerous in pregnant people, young children, and senior adults.
Listeria symptoms normally surface roughly one to four weeks after the patient ingests contaminated food. If you believe you may be suffering from a listeria infection, don’t hesitate to see a doctor. While healthy adults can usually just wait the infection out, those with compromised immune systems can potentially die from the illness.