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Packaged Hard-Boiled Eggs Linked To Deadly Listeria Outbreak, CDC Issues Warning

Packaged Hard-Boiled Eggs Linked To Deadly Listeria Outbreak, CDC Issues Warning

Before ordering food containing eggs at a restaurant, check with them to make sure. If they are not sure where the eggs are from or if they say it's from Almark Foods, do not consume them. 

There's been a deadly, multi-state outbreak of Listeria infections and it has been linked to packaged hard-boiled eggs, reports CNN. Both retailers and consumers have now been warned not to serve, sell, use or consume the products.

The eggs were peeled and packed by Almark Foods in Gainesville, Georgia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which they are now investigating along with the US Food and Drug Administration. Since they were sold nationwide to foodservice operators, consumers are most likely to find them in a store or a restaurant. 



 

 

Seven people were reported to be infected, out of which four of them have been hospitalized and there has been one confirmed death in Texas. Those affected also were in Florida, Maine, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. The cases date from April 2017 to November 12. A nationwide alert was released by the CDC this week The product has not been recalled. Almark Foods' hard-boiled eggs that were sold directly to consumers and those hard-boiled at stores or restaurants are not included in the alert.



 

 

"It's important to note that the product in question was shipped to food service distributors, restaurants and other wholesale outlets and does not involve eggs in packages on shelves for consumer purchase at retail stores," Almark said in a statement to CNN. Symptoms of Listeria infection include fever, flu-like symptoms such as fatigue and muscle aches, as well as headaches, confusion, and balance loss.



 

 

Listeria infection during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection of the newborn warns the CDC. The agency also added that people who have been infected only show symptoms anywhere between one to four weeks after consumption.

Since it's quite hard for consumers to tell if they're eating eggs from Almark Foods that have been linked to the outbreak, the CDC suggests that people who are at a higher risk for the infection should be more careful. 



 

 

This includes those who are pregnant and newborns, people over the age of 65 and those with weakened immune systems, such as people with cancer or on dialysis. So, until the CDC has more information about the outbreak, it is recommended that high-risk consumers throw out any store-bought hard-boiled eggs or products containing them, like egg salad.

It is best that you do not consume these and instead, throw them out and sanitize the place they were kept at. Tip: Before ordering food containing eggs at a restaurant, check with them to make sure. If they are not sure where the eggs are from or if they say it's from Almark Foods, do not consume them. 



 

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