Outbreak of Listeria Infections Linked to Hard-boiled Eggs

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The CDC, several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigated a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to hard-boiled eggs produced by Almark Foods of Gainesville, Georgia.

According to the Mayo Clinic, Listeria infection is a foodborne bacterial illness that can be very serious for pregnant women, people older than 65 and people with weakened immune systems. It’s most commonly caused by eating improperly processed deli meats and unpasteurized milk products.

Healthy people rarely become ill from listeria infection, but the disease can be fatal to unborn babies, newborns and people with weakened immune systems. Prompt antibiotic treatment can help curb the effects of listeria infection.

Listeria bacteria can survive refrigeration and even freezing. So people who are at higher risk of serious infections should avoid eating the types of food most likely to contain listeria bacteria.

If you develop a listeria infection, you might have:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea

Symptoms might begin a few days after you’ve eaten contaminated food, but it can take 30 days or more before the first signs and symptoms of infection begin.

If the listeria infection spreads to your nervous system, signs and symptoms can include:

  • Headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Confusion or changes in alertness
  • Loss of balance
  • Convulsions

While the recall is over, recalled hard-boiled egg products could still be in refrigerators. If you have these products at home, don’t eat them.

Visit the FDA websiteexternal icon for a full list of recalled products.

The CDC advises:

  • Do not eat, sell, or serve any recalled hard-boiled egg products.
    • The recalled hard-boiled egg products had “Best If Used By” dates through March 2, 2020. The recalled products are past their shelf life and should not be available for sale.
    • Check your refrigerator for the recalled products. If you have them, do not eat, sell, or serve them. Throw them away.
    • Restaurants and retailers should check storage coolers for the recalled product. Do not sell or serve recalled products.
  • Wash and sanitize any surfaces that may have come in contact with the hard-boiled eggs or their packaging.
    • Follow these five steps to clean your refrigerator at home.
    • FDA recommends that food processors, restaurants, and retailers who received Almark Foods bulk, fresh hard-boiled eggs, use extra vigilance in cleaning and sanitizing any surfaces that may have come in contact with these products, to reduce the risk of cross-contamination.
  • Protect yourself and your customers from Listeria.
    • Learn which foods are more likely to contain Listeria and how you can take steps to prevent Listeria.
    • Contact a healthcare provider if you have consumed a recalled product and are experiencing symptoms of listeriosis.

If you have a high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, confusion or sensitivity to light, seek emergency care. These signs and symptoms can indicate bacterial meningitis, a life-threatening complication of a listeria infection.