From Our 2012 Archives
Hard-Boiled Egg Recall Hits 34 States
Recall of Cooked Eggs, Prepared Salads, and Sandwiches
By Daniel J. DeNoon
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD
Feb. 6, 2012 -- Listeria contamination of hard-cooked eggs has led to recalls of prepared salads, sandwiches, and other products in 34 states.
So far, no illnesses have been reported. The listeria contamination was detected in lab tests run on hard-cooked eggs from Michael Foods' Wakefield, Neb., plant. The firm says the contamination was linked to a "specific repair project that took place in the processing room."
Michael Foods, based in Minnesota, does not sell the foods directly to retail customers. But the recalled 10- and 25-pound pails of cooked, peeled eggs were widely distributed to many types of food service companies in 34 states.
An initial lot of the eggs was recalled on Jan. 26. The recall expanded to eggs sold under six brand names -- Columbia Valley Farms, GFS, Glenview Farms, Papetti's, Silverbrook, and Wholesome Farms -- bearing lot codes of 1 LOT 1350W through 1 LOT 2025W and expiration dates ranging from 1/30/2012 to 3/10/2012.
The eggs were sold to food distributors and manufacturers in 34 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. It's not yet clear whether any of these distributors sold the products beyond these states.
A few food service establishments and distributors have made specific recalls.
In California, GH Foods CA has recalled products from Walgreens retail stores:
Wegmans Food Markets has recalled products -- all sold by the pound or on the Fresh Foods Bar -- from its Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, Canandaigua, Newark, Geneva, Corning, Elmira, Geneseo, and Hornell stores:
In Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee, Greencore USA has recalled:
If you have eaten foods suspected of listeria contamination, be aware of the symptoms of listeria illness, known as listeriosis.
Listeriosis symptoms can appear anywhere from three days to two months after eating contaminated food. They include fever and muscle aches, and may also include stiff neck, headache, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions.
Despite the current outbreaks, listeriosis remains an uncommon illness. But it's very serious. Listeriosis is fatal in about 20% of cases.
Listeria rarely causes serious disease in healthy people. However, some people are at greatly increased risk. These include:
SOURCES: FDA web site.News releases, FDA.News release, Michael Foods.News release, Wegmans Food Markets.News release, Greencore USA.News release, GH Foods CA.