According to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration press release written by Diane Sparish, Michael Foods, a Minnesota-based food company, is recalling more than one million hard-cooked eggs from 34 states, after tests revealed some may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.
The FDA said the eggs were produced at the company’s plant in Wakefield, Neb., and were bought by food distributors and manufacturers and not sold directly to retailers.
The states included in the recall are: Alabama; Arkansas; Arizona; California; Colorado; Florida; Georgia; Iowa; Illinois; Indiana; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Michigan; Minnesota; 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.
CBS news reports the eggs are sold under six brand names: Columbia Valley Farms; GFS; Glenview Farms; Papetti’s; Silverbrook; and Wholesome Farms. Here are pictures of company egg labels. Only lot codes immediately preceded by a “1” AND ending in a “W” are affected.
Although none of the eggs were sold directly by Michael Foods to retailers or consumers, food distributors and manufacturers who purchased the eggs could have used them in products that were sold to retail outlets or used in food service settings.
Michael Foods is working with customers who purchased eggs from these lots to ensure that all product is removed who believe they might have purchased product affected by the recall, or those who are unsure, should contact the original place of purchase.
According to the statement, the recall was initiated after lab testing revealed that some of the eggs within the recalled lot dates may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. A recall of three lot dates was announced on Thursday, January 26.
As a precautionary measure, the recall was expanded…to include additional lot dates. Michael Foods reached the decision to expand this recall after a thorough investigation which indicated a specific repair project that took place in the packaging room as the likely source of the contamination.
Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a multistate outbreak of listeriosis linked to Rocky Ford Cantaloupes from Jensen Farms.
When the CDC announced the deadly Listeria outbreak from cantaloupes was finally over, the final death toll was 30, and 146 people were sickened across 28 states — one woman who was pregnant when she got sick had a miscarriage.
“Listeria infection, also known as listeriosis, can cause symptoms including fever, diarrhea, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions. The disease primarily strikes older adults, pregnant women, or people with weakened immune systems. Symptoms can take up to two months to appear.”