Egg Recall Affects Major U.S. Food Retailers

Gina Acosta, Progressive Grocer
Egg Recall Affects Major U.S. Food Retailers
A hard-boiled egg recall has expanded to major retailers following a deadly listeria outbreak.

Hard-boiled eggs and egg salads sold under brands such as Eggland's Best, Pete & Gerry's, and Vital Farms have been linked to a deadly listeria outbreak.

The products are being recalled from major retailers such as Walmart, Trader Joe's, Kroger, Costco and ShopRite. 

According to CBS News, processor Almark Foods earlier in the week expanded a recall to include all hard-boiled egg products from its facility in Gainesville, Ga., with Dierbergs Markets, Reichel Foods and two other companies so far issuing recalls as a result. 

Additionally, Ooltewah, Tenn.-based foodservice provider Great American Deli has recalled egg salad sandwiches sold at convenience stores and vending machines in the following states: 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.

CBS News also reports that Bakkavor Foods, which has its U.S. headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., has initiated a recall involving egg products from Almark and sold as Trader Joe's Egg Salad and Trader Joe's Old Fashioned Potato Salad, according to a notice posted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes that hard-boiled eggs produced by Almark are contaminated with listeria that has sickened people in Florida, Maine, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas. One person in Texas has died and four others were hospitalized as a result of the infection, the Atlanta-based CDC reported. 

Three of the infections from the outbreak strain of the pathogen occurred in 2017, and four others occurred this year, according to the agency. 

While reported cases in the outbreak are limited to five states, officials now believe that potentially contaminated products were shipped to retailers nationwide under such brand names Almark Foods, Egggs Select, Nic's Peeled Pearls, Rainbow Farms and Sutherland's Food Service, CBS News noted. A list of recalled products can be found here.


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