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By Julia Ries
- A multistate outbreak of listeriosis has led to seven people being infected.
- Now products containing hard-boiled eggs have been voluntarily recalled over concerns they're related to the outbreak.
- The bacterium Listeria monocytogenes causes the illness. It can cause serious infections, especially in people who have compromised immune systems.
Hard-boiled egg products contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes have caused a multistate outbreak, sickening seven people. Four have been hospitalized, and one has died.
Here’s What’s Been Recalled<p>The products include an assortment of hard-boiled egg products that were sold under more than <a href="https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/almark-foods-expanded-recall-all-products-its-georgia-facility-due-possible-listeria-monocytogenes" target="_blank">30 brand names</a>, including Almark, 7 Select, Best Choice, Kroger, and Lucerne.</p><p>They were distributed nationwide and have "Best If Used By" dates through March 2, 2020.</p><p>The recalled items include pillow packs, pouch packs, frozen diced, and protein kit egg products.</p><p>A list of the affected products can be viewed <a href="https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/almark-foods-expanded-recall-all-products-its-georgia-facility-due-possible-listeria-monocytogenes" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>The Cheesewich products were sold in 3.6-ounce (oz.) plastic packages. They had the following "Use By" dates: 12/27/19, 1/3/20, 1/23/20, 1/30/20, 2/5/20, 2/6/20, 2/14/20, 2/19/20 and 2/28/20.</p>
We Have Listeriosis Outbreaks Every Year<p>Each year we see about two to three listeriosis <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/listeria/outbreaks/index.html" target="_blank">outbreaksTrusted Source</a>. Contaminated <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/listeria/prevention.html" target="_blank">deli meats, cheeses, and produceTrusted Source</a> often trigger them.</p><p>Because the bacterium is widespread in the environment, <em>Listeria</em> contaminations aren't rare, according to <a href="https://stanfordhealthcare.org/doctors/d/stanley-deresinski.html" target="_blank">Dr. Stanley Deresinski</a>, an infectious disease physician at Stanford Health Care.</p><p>"<em>Listeria monocytogenes</em> causes about 1,600 cases of infection each year in the U.S., with most patients requiring hospitalization and approximately 16 percent of the identified cases leading to death," Deresinski told Healthline.</p><p>It's always best to follow safe food handling procedures regardless of whether there's an outbreak or not, according to <a href="https://www.providence.org/doctors/profile/1099717-andres-romero" target="_blank">Dr. Andres Romero</a>, an infectious disease specialist at Providence Saint John's Health Center.</p><p>Romero recommends thoroughly cooking all animal-sourced food, washing raw vegetables, avoiding unpasteurized milk, and keeping ready-to-eat food cold.</p><p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also suggests heating deli meats and hot dogs to steaming hot before consuming. Leftovers should be refrigerated within 2 hours and used within a few days.</p><p>To avoid contamination, set your fridge to 40 F (4 C) or lower and your freezer to 0 F (-18 C), the CDC states.</p>
Here’s How the Illness Plays Out<p>Symptoms usually present around 1 to 4 weeks after eating something contaminated with <em>Listeria</em>.</p><p>In certain cases, it can take up to 70 days to become apparent, according to <a href="https://www.northwell.edu/find-care/find-a-doctor/emergency-medicine/dr-robert-glatter-md-11353725" target="_blank">Dr. Robert Glatter</a>, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.</p><p>"It can be difficult to discern the actual source of a <em>Listeria</em> infection, since symptoms of listeriosis may be delayed," Glatter said.</p><p>It's often mistaken for the stomach flu or a stomach bug, Glatter adds. Symptoms typically begin with nausea and diarrhea before advancing to muscle aches, fever, chills, and headache.</p><p>Healthy individuals can usually beat the infection without experiencing severe symptoms.</p>
The Bottom Line<p>Hard-boiled eggs contaminated with the bacterium <em>Listeria monocytogenes</em> have caused a multistate <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/listeria/outbreaks/eggs-12-19/index.html" target="_blank">outbreak</a>, sickening seven people.</p><p>The eggs have been voluntarily recalled by the food manufacturer Almark Foods.</p><p>Listeriosis is a serious, life threatening infection, especially among pregnant women, newborns, and adults ages 65 and older. This is why federal health officials are urging consumers to avoid the affected egg products.</p>
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A problem at a single food-processing plant in California has led to a massive recall impacting millions of pounds of pre-made salads and meals, more than two dozen chains and 13 food companies, USA Today reported Tuesday.
The problem started October 15 when McCain Foods USA recalled the Fire Roasted Black Bean Corn processed at its plant in Colton, California near Los Angeles for potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes or Salmonella, Food Safety News reported. McCain Foods has since recalled all products from its Colton plant, which makes fire roasted, caramelized and sauteed frozen fruit and vegetables.
Two massive meat recalls were issued this week following outbreaks of food-borne illnesses.
Arizona-based meat producer JBS Tolleson Inc. recalled more than 6.5 million pounds of "various raw, non-intact beef products"—i.e. ground beef—that may be contaminated with salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Thursday.