1 Dead in Texas Due to Listeria Outbreak

Update: December 24, 2019 12:35 pm.

Since writing, Almark Foods has expanded its recall to include all products from its Georgia facility. The list of foods include:

7 Select 2 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs w/salt/pepper
Almark Foods Classic ProBox Mini
Almark Foods Smokehouse PRoBox Mini
Almark Foods Barbecue Probox Mini
Almark Foods Classic ProBox
Almark Foods Smokehouse ProBox
Almark Foods Barbecue ProBox
Almark Foods 12 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
Almark Foods Hard-Cooked Eggs - 5# Bag
Almark Foods 1 Count Hard Cooked Eggs
Almark Foods 2 Count Hard Cooked Eggs
Almark Foods Cage Free Hard-Cooked Eggs - 5# Bag
Almark Foods Cage Free 1 Count Hard Cooked Eggs
Almark Foods Organic 12 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
Almark Foods Red Beet 2 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
Almark Foods Cage Free 2 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs w/salt/pepper
Almark Foods Cage Free 2 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
Almark Foods Cage Free 6 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
Almark Foods Cage Free 12 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
Almark Foods 2 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs w/salt/pepper
Almark Foods 6 count Hard-Cooked eggs
Almark Foods Three 2 counts in Clamshell Hard Cooked Eggs
Almark Foods Organic 2 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
Almark Foods 12 Count Cage Free Hard-Cooked Eggs
Best Choice Three 2 counts in Clamshell Hard Cooked Eggs
CMI 12 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
CMI 12 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
Dairy Fresh Great Value 6 Count Stand-Up Pouch Hard-Cooked Eggs
Dairy Fresh 2 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
Deb-El Deb-El 12 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
Egglands Best 6 Count Stand up Pouch Cage Free Hard Cooked Eggs
Egglands Best Egglands Best Hard-Cooked Eggs - 5# Bag
Egglands Best 1 count Egglands Best Hard Cooked Eggs
Egglands Best Egglands Best Cage Free Hard-Cooked Eggs - 5# Bag
Egglands Best 2 Count Egglands Best Eggs w/salt/pepper
Egglands Best 12 Count Stand up Pouch Hard Cooked Eggs
Egglands Best 10 Count Stand up Pouch Hard Cooked Eggs
Egglands Best 6 Count Stand up Pouch Hard Cooked Eggs
Egglands Best 2 Count Egglands Best Eggs
Egglands Best 6 Count Stand up Pouch Organic Hard Cooked Eggs
Everyday Essentials 6 Count Hard-Cooked eggs
Farmers Hen House 6 Count Stand up Pouch Hard Cooked Eggs
Food Club Food Club 6 Count Stand-Up Pouch Hard-Cooked Eggs
Fresh Thyme Fresh Thyme 6 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
Fresh Thyme Fresh Thyme 2 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
Giant Eagle Giant Eagle 6 Count Stand-Up Pouch Cage Free Hard-Cooked Eggs
Great Day 2 Count Hard Cooked Eggs
Great Day 6 Count Hard-Cooked eggs
Great Value Great Value 6 Count Stand-Up Pouch Hard-Cooked Eggs
Inpsired Organics 6 Count Stand up Pouch Organic Hard Cooked Eggs
Inpsired Organics 2 Count Organic Hard-Cooked Eggs
Kirkland Signature 2 count Organic Hard-cooked Eggs
Kroger Three Cage Free 2 counts in Clamshell Hard Cooked Eggs
LIDL LIDL 6 Count Stand-Up Pouch Hard-Cooked Eggs
Lucerne Lucerne 6 Count Stand-Up Pouch Cage Free Hard-Cooked Eggs
Members Mark Jack'd Protein Snack
Naturally Better 6 Count Stand-Up Pouch Cage Free Hard-Cooked Eggs
Nellie's 2 Count Nellie's Hard-Cooked Eggs
O Organics 2 Count Organic Hard-Cooked Eggs w/Salt/Pepper
O Organics 6 Count Stand up Pouch Organic Hard Cooked Eggs
Peckish Two 1 Counts boxed Hard Cooked Eggs--With Dip
Peckish 1 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
Pete & Gerry's 6 Count Stand up Pouch Organic Hard Cooked Eggs
Pete & Gerry's 2 Count Organic Hard-Cooked Eggs
Rainbow Farms Rainbow Diced Egg - 5# Bag
Rainbow Farms 12 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
Rainbow Farms Rainbow Farms Hard-Cooked Eggs - 5# Bag
Rembrandt Foods Rembrandt Diced Egg - 5# Bag
Rembrandt Foods 12 Count Cage Free Hard-Cooked Eggs
ShopRite ShopRite 6 Count Stand-Up Pouch Cage Free Hard-Cooked Eggs
Simple Truth Organics 6 Count Organic Hard-Cooked Eggs
Sunshine 2 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs w/salt/pepper
Vital Farms Vital Farms Pature Raised Hard-Cooked Eggs - 5# Bag
Vital Farms Three Boxed 2 Counts Pature Raised Hard-Cooked Eggs
Vital Farms 2 Count Pasture Raised Hard-Cooked Eggs w/salt/pepper
Wild Harvest 6 Count Organic Hard-Cooked Eggs

The original article continues below: 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a warning on Thursday, December 19 for Almark foods bulk hard-boiled eggs due to being contaminated with an outbreak of listeria. Already the deadly listeria outbreak has affected five states (Florida, Maine, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas). One state, Texas, has already reported a death due to the listeria infection.

Listeria Outbreak Linked to Hard-Boiled Eggs

According to the CDC, the fresh hard-boiled peeled eggs produced by Almark Foods of Gainesville, Georgia were packaged in plastic pails of various sizes for use by foodservice operators. While the products have not been recalled, the food products are currently on high-risk and should not be sold or served. This also includes Food processors and manufacturers, who should not use the eggs to prepare ready-to-eat foods such as egg salad or deviled eggs. Eggs prepared by Almark and directly sold or other brands of hard-boiled eggs are still safe to use.

What is Listeria?

According to the US Food and Drug Administration, Listeria monocytogenes is a pathogenic (disease-causing) bacteria that can cause flu-like symptoms for weeks. Pregnant women, the very young, immune-compromised, and elderly are at higher risk when it comes to listeria contamination and should be wary of this food safety alert.

People infected may feel muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea as well as fever. More severe symptoms include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions. Symptoms may happen a few hours to a few days after eating the infected food.

Women who are pregnant are at high risk for serious complications with their pregnancy including premature delivery and stillbirth.

While the eggs have not been recalled, public health officials are urging people to be wary when purchasing ready-to-eat egg products that may have prepared with the eggs. Our take: grab a dozen raw eggs and hard boil them at home.

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