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 Select2 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs w/salt/pepper
Almark FoodsClassic ProBox Mini
Almark FoodsSmokehouse PRoBox Mini
Almark FoodsBarbecue Probox Mini
Almark FoodsClassic ProBox
Almark FoodsSmokehouse ProBox
Almark FoodsBarbecue ProBox
Almark Foods12 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
Almark FoodsHard-Cooked Eggs - 5# Bag
Almark Foods1 Count Hard Cooked Eggs
Almark Foods2 Count Hard Cooked Eggs
Almark FoodsCage Free Hard-Cooked Eggs - 5# Bag
Almark FoodsCage Free 1 Count Hard Cooked Eggs
Almark FoodsOrganic 12 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
Almark FoodsRed Beet 2 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
Almark FoodsCage Free 2 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs w/salt/pepper
Almark FoodsCage Free 2 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
Almark FoodsCage Free 6 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
Almark FoodsCage Free 12 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
Almark Foods2 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs w/salt/pepper
Almark Foods6 count Hard-Cooked eggs
Almark FoodsThree 2 counts in Clamshell Hard Cooked Eggs
Almark FoodsOrganic 2 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
Almark Foods12 Count Cage Free Hard-Cooked Eggs
Best ChoiceThree 2 counts in Clamshell Hard Cooked Eggs
CMI12 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
CMI12 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
Dairy FreshGreat Value 6 Count Stand-Up Pouch Hard-Cooked Eggs
Dairy Fresh2 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
Deb-ElDeb-El 12 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
Egglands Best6 Count Stand up Pouch Cage Free Hard Cooked Eggs
Egglands BestEgglands Best Hard-Cooked Eggs - 5# Bag
Egglands Best1 count Egglands Best Hard Cooked Eggs
Egglands BestEgglands Best Cage Free Hard-Cooked Eggs - 5# Bag
Egglands Best2 Count Egglands Best Eggs w/salt/pepper
Egglands Best12 Count Stand up Pouch Hard Cooked Eggs
Egglands Best10 Count Stand up Pouch Hard Cooked Eggs
Egglands Best6 Count Stand up Pouch Hard Cooked Eggs
Egglands Best2 Count Egglands Best Eggs
Egglands Best6 Count Stand up Pouch Organic Hard Cooked Eggs
Everyday Essentials6 Count Hard-Cooked eggs
Farmers Hen House6 Count Stand up Pouch Hard Cooked Eggs
Food ClubFood Club 6 Count Stand-Up Pouch Hard-Cooked Eggs
Fresh ThymeFresh Thyme 6 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
Fresh ThymeFresh Thyme 2 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
Giant EagleGiant Eagle 6 Count Stand-Up Pouch Cage Free Hard-Cooked Eggs
Great Day2 Count Hard Cooked Eggs
Great Day6 Count Hard-Cooked eggs
Great ValueGreat Value 6 Count Stand-Up Pouch Hard-Cooked Eggs
Inpsired Organics6 Count Stand up Pouch Organic Hard Cooked Eggs
Inpsired Organics2 Count Organic Hard-Cooked Eggs
Kirkland Signature2 count Organic Hard-cooked Eggs
KrogerThree Cage Free 2 counts in Clamshell Hard Cooked Eggs
LIDLLIDL 6 Count Stand-Up Pouch Hard-Cooked Eggs
LucerneLucerne 6 Count Stand-Up Pouch Cage Free Hard-Cooked Eggs
Members MarkJack'd Protein Snack
Naturally Better6 Count Stand-Up Pouch Cage Free Hard-Cooked Eggs
Nellie's2 Count Nellie's Hard-Cooked Eggs
O Organics2 Count Organic Hard-Cooked Eggs w/Salt/Pepper
O Organics6 Count Stand up Pouch Organic Hard Cooked Eggs
PeckishTwo 1 Counts boxed Hard Cooked Eggs--With Dip
Peckish1 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
Pete & Gerry's6 Count Stand up Pouch Organic Hard Cooked Eggs
Pete & Gerry's2 Count Organic Hard-Cooked Eggs
Rainbow FarmsRainbow Diced Egg - 5# Bag
Rainbow Farms12 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
Rainbow FarmsRainbow Farms Hard-Cooked Eggs - 5# Bag
Rembrandt FoodsRembrandt Diced Egg - 5# Bag
Rembrandt Foods12 Count Cage Free Hard-Cooked Eggs
ShopRiteShopRite 6 Count Stand-Up Pouch Cage Free Hard-Cooked Eggs
Simple Truth Organics6 Count Organic Hard-Cooked Eggs
Sunshine2 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs w/salt/pepper
Vital FarmsVital Farms Pature Raised Hard-Cooked Eggs - 5# Bag
Vital FarmsThree Boxed 2 Counts Pature Raised Hard-Cooked Eggs
Vital Farms2 Count Pasture Raised Hard-Cooked Eggs w/salt/pepper
Wild Harvest6 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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