Hard-Boiled Eggs Recalled From Walmart, Costco, Trader Joe's and More Amid Listeria Outbreak

December 27, 2019 - 9:21 am
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DETROIT (WWJ) - A massive hard-boiled egg recall is in effect following a Listeria outbreak.

The recall covers nearly 80 different varieties sold by more than 30 different brands across the U.S., including Eggland's Best, Kirkland Signature, Great Value, Kroger, Fresh Thyme, Giant Eagle and Members Mark labels. 

The recalled products have “Best If Used By” dates through March 2, 2020. To see a full list of recalled products, click here.

The recall also includes egg salad and potato salad products that were sold through Trader Joe's stores

Consumers should not eat any of the recalled products. 

As of Dec. 17, 2019, a total of seven people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported from five states.

The eggs were distributed by Almark Foods and manufactured at their facility in Gainesville, Georgia. Officials say Listeria monocytogenes found in environmental samples collected at the processing facility during FDA inspections are a genetic match to the outbreak strain.

Listeria monocytogenes is a disease-causing bacteria that can be found in moist environments, soil, water, decaying vegetation and animals, and can survive and even grow under refrigeration and other food preservation measures. When people eat food contaminated with Listeria, they may develop a disease called listeriosis.

Depending on the severity of the illness, symptoms may last from days to several weeks. Mild symptoms may include a fever, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

If the more severe form of listeriosis develops, symptoms may include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions.

People infected may start to see symptoms in a few hours or as long as two to three days after eating contaminated food. More severe forms of listeriosis may take anywhere from three days to three months to develop.

The severity of listeriosis varies and in some cases can be fatal, especially among the elderly, people with weakened immune systems or chronic diseases. Listeriosis can be particularly dangerous for pregnant women and their newborn babies, leading to serious complications with their pregnancy, including miscarriage and stillbirth.

Consumers who have symptoms should contact their health care provider to report their symptoms and receive care.

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