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Listeria Outbreak Update: Many Egg Products Possibly Contaminated

Back on December 20 last year, American retail company Almark Foods reportedly recalled all hard-boiled and peeled products manufactured and produced at its Gainesville, Georgia facility for supposed Listeria contamination. Sold through Trader Joe and Walmart stores all across the country, the products were reportedly being sold through several different brand names, and all were packaged in white plastic pails with white lids.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the recalled egg products were sold under a number of brand names, such as Almark Foods, Egggs Select, Nic’s Peeled Pearls, Rainbow Farms and Sutherland’s Food Service, Inc.  And a couple of weeks after the ordered recall, both CDC and Almark confirmed that they’re still investigating the contamination and where the bacteria possibly came from. In the meantime, the agency has cautioned the public, recommending everyone to throw all store-bought hard-boiled eggs or products containing hard-boiled eggs, such as egg salad. Furthermore, the CDC is also ordering everyone to clean their refrigerators if egg products were kept in it recently to minimize its spread as well as refraining from ordering meals at restaurants that contain hard-boiled eggs and to avoid any hard-boiled eggs for now, or at least until the CDC provides another update.

As for the confirmed cases, five different states have already reported seven infections of the strain of Listeria monocytogenes associated with the outbreak . Out of these seven, four have been hospitalized already, while one has already died. To help consumers, CDC has also revealed that the contaminated eggs have a “Best if Used By” date that begins with a G.

“We are working diligently in cooperation with the FDA to restore operations at our Gainesville plant so that we can continue providing safe, healthy, and affordable eggs to the market from that facility. We apologize for this extremely rare safety lapse and we’re making every effort to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again,” Don Stoner, the company’s president, said.

Meanwhile, Almark Foods have reported that until the case is all cleared, they’re halting production at their facility.

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