FDA: Michael Foods Hard-Cooked Eggs Recalled Because of Listeria Fears

By Barbara Ann Kelley, CBSTampa.com

TAMPA, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – According to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration alert Michael Foods, Inc. is recalling specific lot dates of hard-cooked eggs because the product has the potential to be contamination by the deadly bacteria Listeria.

The hard-cooked eggs in brine were sold in 10- and 25-pound pails for institutional use and were produced at Michael Foods’ Wakefield, Nebraska facility. The FDA believes the product to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The FDA news release adds that “Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.  Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.”

There was a deadly Listeria outbreak in cantaloupe that last summer that killed 29 people. That outbreak, first detected in September 2011 was traced back to a Colorado farm. The contaminated cantaloupe sickened a total of 139 people in 28 states. In addition to the 29 deaths, one woman who was pregnant at the time she fell ill suffered a miscarriage.

The recalled eggs were purchased by food distributors and manufacturers located in 34 states (AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, WA, WI, WV). The recall is limited to hard-cooked eggs in brine in 10- and 25-pound pails prodced at its Wakefield, Nebraska facility, which are labeled under six brand names (Columbia Valley Farms, GFS, Glenview Farms, Papetti’s, Silverbrook, Wholesome Farms) and bearing lot codes of 1 LOT 1350W through 1 LOT 2025W and expiration dates ranging from 1/30/2012 to 3/10/2012

For more information on the recall go to this FDA recall alert website.

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