April 2, 2020

FDA Weighs In On the End of the Almark Foods Eggs Listeria Outbreak

The FDA is weighing in on the end of Almark Foods eggs Listeria monocytogenes outbreak that has sickened eight people in 5 states, hospitalized five, and killed one person in Texas. This high hospitalization rate is fairly typical for a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak. Almark Foods recalled hard boiled and peeled eggs in pails on December 20, 2019 and then expanded that recall on December 23, 2019 to include all hard boiled eggs produced at the company's Gainesville, Georgia facility. At this time, the firm is no longer producing any products at that facility. The company also sold hard boiled eggs at the retail level. In fact, there were several secondary recalls of salads and other products after the initial recall. The recalled products are now past their "Best by" date, the … [Read more...]

Almark Eggs Listeria Outbreak Ends With 8 Sick, 5 Hospitalized, 1 Death

The Almark Eggs Listeria outbreak has ended with 8 sick in 5 states, 5 hospitalized, and 1 death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest announcement. A recall was issued for Almark Foods hard boiled eggs that had "Best If Used By" dates through March 2, 2020. These eggs are past their shelf life and shouldn't be available for sale, but some consumers may still have them in their homes and restaurants could have them in storage coolers. They should be discarded. The case count by state is: Florida (1), Maine (2), Pennsylvania (1), South Carolina (2), and Texas (2). Listeria specimens from patients were collected from April 10, 2017 to December 7, 2019. These dates are so far apart because the investigators used PulseNet to look for people sickened with … [Read more...]

Researchers at Flinders University Use Sous Vide To Remove Salmonella From Eggshells

Researchers at Flinders University in Australia have found a way to use sous vide to remove Salmonella from the surface of eggshells. The study was published in Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. Sous vide is a cooking method where food is vacuum sealed inside plastic bags and immersed in a water bath for longer periods of time than other methods. The water temperature is set to the desired final internal temperature of the food. Eggs can be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria, and in fact, several outbreaks in recent years have been linked to shell eggs. Because of this potential contamination, food safety experts advise consumers to cook eggs thoroughly to 160°F, avoid recipes that use uncooked and undercooked eggs, and to wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water after … [Read more...]

Do You Make Spaghetti Carbonara? You Need to Read This

If you make Spaghetti Carbonara, as I do, which is that traditional dish where raw eggs are beaten, then stirred into hot cooked spaghetti (to "cook" the eggs), you need to read this study published in LWT, a journal of Food Science and Technology. This method of cooking does not kill all bacteria that may be present in the eggs. The only thermal processing, or kill step, is heat transfer from the hot pasta, which isn't sufficient to destroy all of the pathogens. Scientists inoculated egg yolks with a pool of Salmonella reaching 8.8 log10 CFU/g. The contaminated egg yolks were added to the cooked spaghetti, after the pot was taken off the heat. Right after the pasta was cooked and drained, it was 86°C (186°F), which is quite hot and well above the 165°F the eggs need to reach to … [Read more...]

Almark Eggs Secondary Recalls For Listeria Monocytogenes Listed

Since Almark Foods recalled their hard boiled eggs on December 20, 2019, there have been several secondary recalls issued for products made with those eggs. There is a deadly Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to those eggs, although none of these recalled products have been associated with that outbreak. We are keeping the recalls here so you can refer to them if necessary. The deadly outbreak has sickened 7 people in 5 states. One person who lived in Texas died and four people have been hospitalized. The illness onset dates in this outbreak range start on April 10, 2019. That's pretty typical for a listeriosis outbreak, since investigators use the PulseNet system to find people sickened by the same bacterial strain. These are all of the recalls of Almark Foods hard boiled eggs … [Read more...]

Great American Deli Egg Salad Sandwich Recalled For Listeria

Great American Deli of Ooltewah, Tennessee is recalling their Egg Salad Sandwich for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.  The eggs were supplied by Knott's Fine Foods, which buys hard cooked eggs from Almark Foods. There is a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak associated with Almark Foods hard-boiled eggs, but there are no reports of illness related to the consumption of these egg salad sandwiches. The recalled product is GAD #114 Egg Salad Sandwich sold in 4.8 ounce packages. The UPC number on the product is 7-41431-00114-2. The affected lots are: 19094, 19107, 19129, 19155, 19158, 19218, 19237, 19259, 19274, 19297, 19304, 19310, 19322, 19336. The product could have been sold in these states through convenience stores, micro markets and vending machines: Wisconsin, Iowa, … [Read more...]

FDA Updates Almark Foods Eggs Listeria Monocytogenes Outbreak

The FDA has updated the Almark Foods Eggs Listeria monocytogenes outbreak that has sickened 7 people in 5 states. Secondary recalls have been announced, including one where Almark recalled all of its hard-boiled egg products within shelf life, up through March 2, 2020. Almark Foods is no longer producing products from their Gainesville, Georgia facility. Three secondary recalls have been issued: Bakkavor Foods (Trader Joe’s Egg Salad and Potato Salad) Diebergs Kitchen (Diebergs Market products) Reichel Foods (Pro2Snax To The Max) A fourth recall has been issued since the FDA update: Great American Deli has recalled their 4.8 ounce Egg Salad Sandwiches with UPC number 7-41431-00114-2, sold in micro marts, vending machines, and convenience stores around the … [Read more...]

Pro2Snax to the Max Snack Kits Recalled For Listeria Monocytogenes

Reichel Foods is voluntarily recalling some Pro2Snax to the Max snack kits because they may have been made with single serve prepackaged hard boiled eggs produced by Almark Foods of Gainesville, Georgia. Almark Foods hard cooked eggs have been recalled because they are associated with a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak in the U.S. There have been no reported illnesses related to Pro2Snax to the Max products. The recalled products are single serve Hard Boiled Eggs with apples and other ingredients. They include Pro2Snax to the Max Granny Apples/Hard Boiled Egg/Cheddar/Cashew & Craisin with UPC number 649632001490; and Pro2Snax to the Max Gala Apples/Hard Boiled Egg/White Cheddar/Almond & Craisin with UPC number 649632001483. They were sold in retail stores nationwide. You can see … [Read more...]

Dierbergs Kitchen Egg Products Recalled For Possible Listeria

Dierbergs Kitchen egg products are being recalled for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination because they were made with eggs from Almark Foods. Those Almark hard-cooked eggs are associated with a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak and have been recalled by Almark, and that recall has been expanded. The recall notice states, "No illnesses are linked to Dierberg products to date, but the epidemiological investigation is ongoing. The recalled products include salads and remoulade. They were sold in all Dierbergs Markets retail locations in eastern and central Missouri and Western Illinois. The recalled products are all Dierbergs Kitchen brand. They include Kosher Potato Salad, Creamy Red Potato Salad, Deviled Egg Salad, Remoulade, Togo Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad, and Classic Ham … [Read more...]

Almark Foods Expands Its First Egg Recall For Possible Listeria

Almark Foods expands its first egg recall of hard boiled egg products for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination to include all hard-boiled eggs that were manufactured at the firm's Gainesville, Georgia facility. This is a secondary recall of sorts because the brand names of the recalled products is so vast. The hard-boiled eggs are associated with a deadly multistate Listeria monocytogenes outbreak that has sickened at least seven people in five states. All retail, pillow pack, pouch pack, frozen diced, and protein kit products are recalled. The FDA notified Almark Foods about the outbreak on December 18, 2019. A more recent FDA sample from a facility matched the outbreak strain, suggesting the possibility that the strain may have remained present in teh facility. Listeria … [Read more...]

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