Food poisoning outbreak linked to hard-boiled eggs

A multistate outbreak of listeria may be linked to hard-boiled eggs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Thursday. 

The CDC is advising people who are at high risk for infection, such as pregnant women, newborns, people over the age of 65 or people with weakened immune systems to throw away store-bought hard-boiled eggs or products containing hard-boiled eggs, such as egg salad. 

The listeria outbreak has sickened seven people in five states, including one person who died, according to the agency.

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The CDC added that “bulk, fresh hard-boiled eggs produced by Almark Foods of Gainesville, Ga., are a likely source of this outbreak” based on its interviews with sickened people and laboratory evidence.

Almark foods said in a statement on Friday that it was voluntarily recalling its hard-boiled and peeled eggs in white plastic pails due to possible listeria contamination. 

It said that it was doing so “out of an abundance of caution” and that its other products were not affected.

People with listeria infections typically begin to report symptoms between one and four weeks after eating contaminated food. Pregnant women usually experience fever and other flu-like symptoms when infected, while others can also experience headaches, stiff necks, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions.

Earlier this year, some vegetables were recalled due to a possible listeria risk. 

— Updated at 12:22 p.m.

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