By: Candess Zona-Mendola of MakeFoodSafe
The CDC announced yesterday that 7 people in 5 states have become sickened with Listeria linked to hard-boiled eggs products made by Almark Foods. One person, from Texas, has died in this Listeria egg outbreak.
Although a recall has not been initiated, the CDC is advising consumers to be on the lookout for the symptoms of Listeria and avoid eating pre-packaged hard-boiled eggs. According to the CDC, “Consumers will not be able to tell if products they’ve purchased from stores contain these eggs.”
Although Listeria infections are rare, they have a high mortality rate. Those who are high risk for severe food poisoning should watch for: headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions in addition to fever and muscle aches. If you are pregnant, have eaten hard-boiled eggs prepared outside of your home, and are experiencing flu-like symptoms, medical care is recommended. Listeria infections during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection of the newborn.
According to the CDC, “four (80%) reported eating products containing eggs. Three of these people reported eating hard-boiled eggs in deli salads purchased from grocery stores and in salads eaten at restaurants.”
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