December 27, 2019: CDC Provides Listeria Egg Outbreak Update

CDC Listeria Egg Outbreak Update – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that as of December 27, 2019:

  • Seven people have been infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes (Listeria) across five states. Four hospitalizations have been reported, including one death in Texas.
  • Bulk hard-boiled eggs from Almark Foods are a likely source of the Listeria egg outbreak.
  • The Listeria Egg Outbreak investigation is ongoing. 
  • Updates will be provided by the CDC when more information is available

Listeria Egg Outbreak and Almark Foods Recall Information

  • December 18, 2019 – According to a company recall announcement, Almark “was notified by FDA that Almark Foods’ Hard-Boiled and Peeled Eggs in pails produced at its Gainesville, Georgia facility may be associated with a Listeria monocytogenes foodborne illness investigation…”
  • December 20, 2019 – Almark issues a recall for all Hard-Cooked and Peeled Eggs in Pails produced at its Gainesville, Georgia facility that are within expiry for potential Listeria contamination.  Almark Foods suspends production of the recalled egg products in pails at its Gainesville facility while the matter is investigated.
  • December 23, 2019 – Almark expands its December 20, 2019 recall, to include all hard-boiled eggs manufactured at the company’s Gainesville, Georgia facility, including all retail, pillow pack, pouch pack, frozen diced, and protein kit products, due to potential Listeria contamination.
  • The Almark recall includes both egg products sold for food service use and egg products packaged in smaller sizes for sale to consumers in grocery stores.
  • Retail egg products were sold under more than 30 brand names and include pillow pack, pouch pack, frozen diced, and protein kit egg products. Food service products include eggs sold in large pails.
  • Almark produces hard-boiled eggs at multiple manufacturing facilities. To identify if eggs came from the Gainesville facility, check for the “Best If Used By” code on the packaging of the hard-boiled eggs.
    • If the code starts with “G,” do not eat, sell, or serve it.
    • The recalled egg products have “Best If Used By” dates through March 2, 2020.

About Listeria and Listeria Infection (Listeriosis)

Listeria monocytogenes (Listeria) is a type of bacterium that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. While healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, a Listeria infection (listeriosis) can cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.

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