We’re all guilty of buying “convenience foods” at one point or another, especially during the holidays, when to-do lists are long and time is short. If you tried to take a shortcut with hardboiled eggs in the last few weeks, however, we have some bad news for you.
A major listeria outbreak is happening right now, and there is a good chance that if you have prepackaged hardboiled eggs in your fridge, they’re contaminated.
If you’re not sure what listeria is, don’t feel bad. Most of the time you won’t even need to know… until something like this happens, and it’s important.
Listeria is an infection caused by the germ Listeria monocytogenes. Pregnant women, people over 65, newborns, and those with weakened immune systems are at the most risk.
You’re about 50 times more likely to contract listeria if you’re on dialysis. If you have cancer or you’re pregnant, you’re about 10 times more likely.
Symptoms of listeria are most commonly flu-like symptoms, such as fever, nausea, and muscle aches. Diarrhea is also common. If the listeria has spread to your nervous system, headaches, loss of balance, convulsions, and confusion can also occur.
This isn’t a joke – late last week the recall was expanded to upward of 88 egg products, all of them revolving around pre-cooked eggs. If you’re eating pre-cooked eggs that you purchased from the store, you could have an issue.
The center of the issue is Almark Foods, which has announced a recall of 76 of the 88 egg items.
That includes pre-cooked eggs with the branding of:
Big list, we know.
Trader Joe’s has also gotten in on the recall fun, recalling all of their brand-new Egg Salad in 6-ounce cups and 20-ounce trays.
The contaminated eggs apparently went to a variety of foodservice companies within 11 states, including a distribution plant that then sent them to other places.
The CDC urges consumers to throw away any contaminated egg products they have, and don’t eat hardboiled eggs at restaurants if they cannot confirm where they originated from. Raw eggs that are then cooked are completely safe.
As of now, at least seven people in five states have gotten ill, with one death in Texas.