Consumer Warning: Hard Boiled Egg Products

There is an expanding recall of packaged (peeled) hard boiled eggs and associated products due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Packaged eggs were sold by retailers such as Walmart, Kroger, Trader Joe’s and CostcoEggland’s Best Brand is also involved.

Snack packs that include whole, hard boiled-eggs and sold by Reichel Foods Inc. are also impacted. Reichel Foods is recalling Pro2Snax brand “To The Max Granny Apples /Hard Boiled Egg/Cheddar/Cashew & Craisin” and Pro2Snax “To The Max Gala Apples/Hard Boiled Egg/White Cheddar/Almond & Craisin” snacks. Egg supplier Almark Foods has initiated a recall.

In addition, Veggie Noodle Co. LLC is recalling Cece’s Veggie Co. brand “Fresh Veggie Ramen with Chicken Broth” because the separately packaged egg that is included in the ramen products has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The  ramen product is sold at retail stores nationwide.

Also affected is egg salad sold by Great American Deli and used in sandwiches distributed to convenience stores, micro markets and vending machines in 21 states including Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Inspectors found the deadly outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes at a Georgia production plant owned and operated by Almark Foods Inc. As of December 17, 2019 a total of seven people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes have been confirmed in five states.

About Listeria infections
Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections. Anyone who has eaten any recalled product and developed symptoms of Listeria infection should seek medical treatment and tell their doctors about the possible Listeria exposure.

Also, anyone who has eaten any of the recalled products should monitor themselves for symptoms during the coming weeks because it can take up to 70 days after exposure to symptoms of listeriosis to develop. Symptoms of Listeria infection can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache, and neck stiffness. Specific laboratory tests are required to diagnose Listeria infections, which can mimic other illnesses.

Pregnant women, the elderly, young children, and people such as cancer patients who have weakened immune systems are particularly at risk of serious illnesses, life-threatening infections, and other complications. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, their infections can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth. Stay food-safe, Barb